Amir “King” Khan put on an impressive display of boxing mastery when he retained his WBA light-welterweight title by out-boxing Pauli Malignaggi on Saturday night in front of over 4,000 fans at Madison Square Garden Theater in New York, New York.
Khan credits his success to legendary trainer Freddie Roach. Roach is the man who guided pound-for-pound king, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao’s career and made him into a more complete fighter.
Malignaggi, 29, came into the fight in top shape, but the reach and speed of the 23-year old Khan was too much for him to handle. Malignaggi couldn’t move out of the way of punches like he used to, and he didn’t have the power to hurt Khan. The fight was stopped in the 11th round after the referee Steve Smoger saw enough and called the fight off because Malignaggi was taking to much of a beating in the fight.
Amir Khan made a statement with his win, and wants to unify the titles at light-welterweight against any of the top fighters in the 140-pound division such as Timothy Bradley, Devon Alexander, Marcos Maidana and Victor Ortiz.
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