Amir Khan vs Paulie Malignaggi fight video
Amir Khan made a successful second defence of his WBA light-welterweight title and American debut on Saturday night, scoring an 11th-round stoppage win over Paulie Malignaggi in New York.
The British fighter improved his professional record to 23 -1 with 17 knockouts, when Referee Steve Smoger stopped the fight halfway through the 11th round, with Malignaggi already far behind on the scorecards and unable to cope with Khan’s hand speed, which saw him land 132 more punches than the New Yorker.
With the fight starting at a quick pace, Khan took the first round, which set the president for the fight story which was about to unfold. Malignaggi arguably won the second round, but there was little success for him after that point, with Khan out boxing his rival with superior speed and fast combination punches.
Khan quickly found his range, with his lightning fast jab and appeared to hurt Malignaggi with a left hand to the body in the fifth. The fighters fell into a clinch, and Malignaggi dropped to the canvas, although it wasn’t classed has a knockdown, he took his time in getting up, buying some seconds before having to carry on, in a fight he never looked like winning from this point on.
Mallignaggi is has tough as he talks, but when Khan gradually began to take charge of the fight, snapping his head back with frequent left hooks and quick right hands, it looked like being a long hard night for the ‘Magic man and so it proved.
By the end of the tenth round Malignaggi’s face was swollen and he had to plead with the ringside doctor to let him out for the 11th, which proved to be the final curtain of the fight, at 1 minute and 25 seconds into the session, when the ref jumped in to halt the fight.
Malignaggi 27-4 didn’t protest the decision, touching his chest and congratulating Khan on his victory.
Khan, had said this week that he is willing to fight any of the other champions and challengers in the light-welterweight division, telling them to line up, such fighters as Marcos Maidana and fellow champions Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander.
With this performance and his undoubted progression under Freddy Roach, there is no doubt Khan would be a major test for any of the other world champions in the division.
“We stuck to the game plan,” said Khan, with 23 wins from 24 fights. “Paulie’s a great boxer and I had to break him down slowly. I knew I was hurting him from round 9 onwards. I beat him with speed and power from distance. If Marcos Maidana wants to fight me, tell him to get in line.”
“He knows how to win rounds, man,” Malignaggi said. “He has a lot of ability.”
“He was faster, bigger and stronger, I have to give him credit,” added Malignaggi. “I gave it my best shot.”
Khan joins Ricky Hatton as the only other fighter to stop the former IBF champion.
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