Last night, courtesy of Channel 5, we were able to get some live boxing (for free) on a Friday night.
The action came from a promotion in Saudi Arabia with Amir Khan topping the bill at the King Abdullah Sports City, in Jeddah.
Khan, fresh from his controversial loss against Terence Crawford a couple of months back, a fight where Khan chose to retire after a low blow, was matched against the Australian fighter, Billy Dib.
The bout was for the vacant WBC international welterweight title, a strap that gives the holder the opportunity to fight for a world title.
The action, which lasted four rounds before Khan stopped his smaller opponent, was one-sided with Khan’s superior power and hand-speed troubling Dib.
But what did we learn from Khan’s performance?
The Bolton fighter, now in the twilight stages of his career and looking for one last big-fight, possibly against Manny Pacquiao, to end his career, was never in trouble against Dib, the fast hands were in evidence as were his slick boxing skills but the action gave very little indication of how he’d fare against class opponent.
Ahead of the bout Khan had claimed he’d retire if he lost, this particular pundit who has eagerly followed Khan and supported him throughout his career has this nagging suspicion that one last big fight will see that retirement come to fruition.
Khan will always look good against lesser, smaller opponents but that chin, allied with his age, will let him down against the top fighters in the division.
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