Bayaar v Edwards
WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan truly comes of age on Saturday in Vegas when facing Argentinean puncher Marcos Rene Maidana, live on Sky Sports PPV.
Amir Khan now boasts a record of 23 wins, 17 KO’s and 1 defeat, with 7 of those outcomes being settled in a matter of seconds rather than rounds.
Famously Khan was stopped by Colombian lightweight, Breidis Prescott after just 54 seconds in September 2008, but he has inflicted equally as abrupt stoppages on 6 of his opponents.
Chose include halting former British and Commonwealth champ Graham Earl, former WBA No.1 contender Dmitry Salita as well as a host of career building journeymen.
Maidana meanwhile has won 10 of his fights by 1st round stoppage, as well as hitting the canvas shortly after proceedings kicked off in 2005 against Omar Leon. In his notable win over Golden Boy’s Victor Ortiz, both fighters saw stars in the first round before Maidana went on to win a 6th round TKO.
Khan, since teaming up with Freddie Roach at his Wild Card camp, has markedly improved his footwork and defensive game, though still moves very much in straight lines. Maidana however is less technically gifted but his punching power is a proven weapon.
It is widely expected that the Bolton boy will look to out-box rather than out-slug El Chino in the opening stages, however with so much on the line for either fighter, mistakes may be made and where there’s an opportunity to catch one another cold, Khan’s speed and Maidana’s power could spell an early night. read more
Paul Smith vs James DeGale
James DeGale gets the chance to prove he is the real deal this weekend when challenging Paul Smith for the British super-middleweight title on a bumper night organised by Frank Warren and screened live by Sky Sports.
The champion, undefeated in 22 outings, failed to set the night alight when beating Michael Jennings last time out. That clash had the potential to be one to tell the grandkids about but it turned out to be a scrappy affair that ended with a cut to Jennings just as things seemed to be warming up. We can forgive the Sheffield man that showing however after early KO wins over the likes of Michael Lomax and Kevin McIntyre proved his talents beyond doubt. read more
Despite two defeats on his record, the Englishman is unbeaten since 2006 and a run of impressive victories has seen him rise to 8th in the world and on course for some big fights in the new year. Of course he needs to get past Varon first but I don’t see that being a problem. Macklin will know what 2011 could hold for him if he puts on a confident showing here in front of the watching world and he should keep his composure to win and win well. A crack at a world title is nearing his grasp and an inside the distance win would nudge him closer to the finishing line. read more and get a tip on the fight from www.fightingtips.co.uk