Amir Khan survived a fourth round knockdown to outpoint Julio Diaz over 12 tough rounds in a light welterweight battle at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England on Saturday night.
Khan made his usual fast start, pushing Diaz back and working his way into a clear lead after three rounds but disaster struck in the fourth round when Diaz dumped Khan onto the canvas
Diaz looked the more composed after the knockdown as his confidence grew but Khan settled down by the seventh round as the pace slowed. Khan was wild at times as Diaz picked his punches with more care and accuracy. Khan regained his confidence in the ninth when he landed with a solid flurries of punches to end the ninth session.
It was a tough hard fought battle but Khan managed to dig deep and gain the verdict from the judges by scores of 114-113, 115-113 and 115-112.
All the results
super bantamweight Haroon Khan w pts 4 Brett Fidoe
light welterweight Amir Khan w pts 10 Julio Diaz
middleweight Anthony Ogogo w tko 2 Kieron Gray
English super featherweight title Gary Sykes w pts 10 Jon Kays
lightweight Terry Flannigan w rtd 4 Nate Campbell
heavyweight Deontay Wilder w ko 1 Audley Harrison
light middlewight Tomasz Mazurkiewicz drew 4 Adam Jones
welterweight Rick Godding w pts 6 Bradley Pryce
Full report to follow
April 27, 2013