Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Sporting ExcitementSporting Excitement

Boxing

Five of Amir Khan’s biggest wins throughout career revealed including stopping Barrera and outpointing Maidana

AMIR KHAN will finally settle his long feud with Brit rival Kell Brook this Saturday in Manchester.

The two former world champions have been trash-talking each other for years – but only now will they get to thrash it out in the ring.

Amir Khan will finally settle his long-standing grudge with Kell Brook

For many, the scrap has come five years too late.

But tickets selling out in just ten minutes shows it still has fight fans hot under the collar to see who will win the Battle of Britain.

The pair will trade leather at a catchweight of 149lbs – 2lbs above welterweight where Khan, 34, has fought for most of his career.

Here, SunSport runs through Khan‘s five biggest ever wins, with his thrashing of Paulie Malignaggi on points just missing making the list.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

JOIN SUN VEGAS: GET A FREE £10 BONUS WITH 100s OF GAMES TO PLAY AND NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED (Ts&Cs apply)

Marco Antonio Barrera – TD Rnd 5, 2009

Khan took a huge risk in taking on Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera in March 2009, just sixth months after he was brutally KO’d by Breidis Prescott.

That will go down as one of boxing’s biggest ever shocks, so the fact that Khan managed to regroup and beat Barrera deserves a lot of credit.

Unfortunately the fight was stopped at the end of the fifth round, when a cut on Barrera’s forehead forced his retirement.

It went to the judges scorecards, with Khan well ahead, triumphing 50-44, 50-45, 50-45 to secure a technical decision.

Khan took on a tough challenge just six months after a shock KO loss when he squared off against Marco Antonio Barrera

The Bolton man was delighted to get his career firmly back on track as he beat Barrera

Dmitry Salita – KO Rnd 1, 2009

On paper this was a risky first title defence.

Salita arrived in Newcastle undefeated, although many questioned the level of opponents he had faced.

The New York-based boxer was on the seat of his pants after just TEN SECONDS.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

He was floored two more times before the fight was waved off. Khan was hoisted onto his coach’s shoulders, as the home crowd whooped with delight.

Salita was on his knees in the corner, stunned at the blistering hand-speed of Britain’s newest hero.

Khan sent Dmitry Salita to his first ever defeat – and in some style too

The Brit made a successful first defence of his world title by battering Salita

Marcos Maidana – UD, 2010

The fact that this was named Fight of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America says it all.

It was the next step for Khan to take in his bid to unify the light-welterweight division.

But Maidana was some obstacle to get out of the way.

Khan made a stunning start, flooring Maidana with some vicious body shots in the first round.

But there wasn’t much between the two as the fight progressed, though Maidana being docked a point for an elbow in the fifth meant he was playing catch up on the scorecards.

The Argentine hardman had Khan out on his feet in the tenth, only the ropes keeping the Bolton man on his feet.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Khan secured a unanimous points win, 114-11, 114-111 and 113-112 – and he went on to unify by adding the IBF belt by beating Zab Judah the following year.

Khan floored Marcos Maidana in the first round after some vicious body shots

Khan was brilliant as he defeated Argentine hardman Maidana

Luis Collazo – UD, 2014

This fight had everything with Khan simply brilliant on a dazzling night in Las Vegas in May 2015.

Experienced Collazo had eight years earlier taken legendary Brit Ricky Hatton to the scorecards, and his durability was never questioned.

But Khan put on a boxing clinic in front of a heavily-impressed American audience.

He floored the New Yorker once in round four and twice in round ten, with both fighters deducted a point in round eight for roughouse tactics.

The judges scored it 119-104, 119-104 and 117-106 in what surely is one of the widest-margin victories of all time.

Khan put on a boxing masterclass to beat Luis Collazo

Collazo was floored three times in the one-sided scrap

Devon Alexander – UD, 2014

Khan called out the great Floyd Mayweather after a beautiful performance to easily outpoint Devon Alexander.

And some might have even given him a chance of an upset against ‘Money’ such was the skillset he showed to beat Alexander.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The three judges scored it 119-109, 118-110 and 120-108 in his favour at the MGM Grand.

It was Alexander’s third defeat in 29 fights – but he was battered from the onset as Khan’s jab ruled supreme.

Khan described it at the time as ‘one of his greatest ever performances’.

Khan rates his win against Devon Alexander as one of his best ever

Khan was ready to celebrate before his fight against Alexander had even finished

Advertisement
Advertisement

Latest

Boxing

ANTHONY JOSHUA has warned friend-turned-foe Joe Joyce to forget about their potential fight — and just worry about flogging todger trimmers! Watford ace AJ,...

Cricket

ZAK CRAWLEY’S dismal sequence of low scores continued — now England need another miraculous turnaround to avoid defeat against India. Opener Crawley was out...

Formula 1

LANDO NORRIS’ love of golf has brought a whole new meaning to ‘Drive to Survive’.   The McLaren driver took up the sport in 2019...

Horse Racing

THEY don’t call him Super Soumi for nothing.  The brilliant Belgian’s special powers were on full display at Sandown as he partnered Vadeni to...

Boxing

JOE JOYCE is returning to action TONIGHT against German veteran Christian Hammer. The heavyweight clash forms part of a blockbuster fight night also featuring...

Formula 1

LEWIS HAMILTON has promised to come out swinging in Sunday’s British GP after a downpour dampened the party at Silverstone. The seven-time world champion...

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook