Khan confirms rise to welterweight


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Amir Khan has confirmed that he will rise to welterweight for his next fight, which he hopes will be for a world title when he returns to the ring in December. Khan was recently dropped from No. 2 position in the WBC welterweight rankings, despite having never fought at 147lbs, when the organisation amended the list and removed the Bolton fighter from its top 15 at the level.

The 26-year-old was instead named No. 1 in the light-welterweight rankings, behind WBC titlist Danny Garcia and mandatory challenger Lucas Matthysse. However, following his defeat of Julio Diaz on April 27 - which was fought at a 143lb catchweight - Khan revealed it was highly unlikely he would fight at light-welterweight level again, citing recent struggles to drop down and make the 140lb weight. Khan has since declared his desire to move to welterweight in a bid to target undefeated star Floyd Mayweather Jr, and has confirmed he will return to the ring in the winter.

"I'm going to have a nice little break now with Ramadan coming up, but once I've done all that I'm looking at December 7," Khan told The Bolton News. "It'll be a step up to 147lbs and, hopefully, it'll be for a world title." The former WBA champion will make the trip to Atlantic City to watch younger brother Haroon Khan, who faces Vicente Medellin on Saturday in his second professional fight, his first on American soil.

"It's his second pro fight and I'm really looking forward to it," Khan said. "It's his first in America, so that's a big step for him. "It's all a learning curve for him at the moment. He's been training with Oliver (Harrison) and really looking strong. He's listening and learning all the time. "You pick out things in his first fight that he'd probably change but it was exactly the same for me - you just keep working hard and he'll be fine."

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It won't happen, Khan is working on is fighting style, he will adapt!

 

he can't adapt, Hunter isn't a miracle worker, Khan is as one dimensional as Maidana just in a different way

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he can't adapt, Hunter isn't a miracle worker, Khan is as one dimensional as Maidana just in a different way

 what at 27 yrs old and 30+ professional bouts you don't think he can change :crackup your right!

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Amir will surprise a few on the board for sure, to believe a World level Professional can not adapt his style is fucking absurd!

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Perhaps he will be able to take a hit better at a larger size. Increase stamina, neck strength, etc. Allow him to protect himself better and not get as careless.

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Amir will surprise a few on the board for sure, to believe a World level Professional can not adapt his style is fucking absurd!

 

since his loss to Prescott he hasn't managed to adapt his style, what makes you think he will?

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since his loss to Prescott he hasn't managed to adapt his style, what makes you think he will?

I disagree...I would say he has adapted his style, he fights more cautiously and uses his jab much more intelligently, his main issues are that his guard is still shite at times and he tries to punch way out of trouble instead of clinging on and spoiling!
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I disagree...I would say he has adapted his style, he fights more cautiously and uses his jab much more intelligently, his main issues are that his guard is still shite at times and he tries to punch way out of trouble instead of clinging on and spoiling!

 

so he's adapted very little from the Prescott fight then, he still gets caught when he is trying to land combo's even a slow Diaz had him going

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so he's adapted very little from the Prescott fight then, he still gets caught when he is trying to land combo's even a slow Diaz had him going

That's not having adapted style, it's merely having more work to do to improve his guard!
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That's not having adapted style, it's merely having more work to do to improve his guard!

 

he hasn't adapted his style, he's learned a bit from the rounds he's boxed, he still tries to fight, he still gets caught and he's still got a shit chin. His flaws are still there 

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Flaws aren't style...his fighting style has changed he just hasn't addressed his flaws fully as of yet but he will!

 

no flaws are not style, but you have to adapt your style to cover your flaws and Khans flaws are still obviously there almost 5 yrs after the Prescott fight, How long do you think its going to take him to address them Mofo?

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no flaws are not style, but you have to adapt your style to cover your flaws and Khans flaws are still obviously there almost 5 yrs after the Prescott fight, How long do you think its going to take him to address them Mofo?

It depends on hs willingness to work with new ideas, his guard certainly looks tighter just not tight enough!
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It depends on hs willingness to work with new ideas, his guard certainly looks tighter just not tight enough!

 

so no definitive time scale for the adaptions that will cover his flaws then, if he takes another 5 yrs to address them his career is over

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so no definitive time scale for the adaptions that will cover his flaws then, if he takes another 5 yrs to address them his career is over

It won't take five years,possibly another fight or two!
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Fanboys and their beliefs  :buttlicker

Not really....the improvement is there to be seen, however he is forgetting at times and is leaving himself open, he has had two fights under a new trainer and will work on it with him!
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Not really....the improvement is there to be seen, however he is forgetting at times and is leaving himself open, he has had two fights under a new trainer and will work on it with him!

 

i'l believe it when i see it 

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i'l believe it when i see it

Sceptics Nd haters tend to think that way, however I am of the thinking you cannot expect someone to change a careers worth of bad habits in a few months and a fight or two, it will have to be conditioned into him and he signs are there that he is at least looking to keep the guard better and utilise his jab more!
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Sceptics Nd haters tend to think that way, however I am of the thinking you cannot expect someone to change a careers worth of bad habits in a few months and a fight or two, it will have to be conditioned into him and he signs are there that he is at least looking to keep the guard better and utilise his jab more!

 

 

yeah thats how fan boys think, they see improvments that are very, very slim and think their much greater :)

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