Saturday, 25 July 2009

Flawless Khan dominates Kotelnik to claim WBA Championship.

Amir Khan won a one sided 12 round decision over durable Andriy Kotelnik on Saturday to become Britain's youngest ever world champion at just 22 years and 7 months. Khan boxed a flawless fight never once allowing the German based former WBA holder to get any kind of game plan into effect. Amir boxed behind a solid jab that was fired out in two's and threes never once allowing the Ukrainian to get set to mount any kind of decent offence. Khan now 21 - 1 (15 Ko's) seems to have taken that important step into solid world class and looked every bit a world champion as he completely put any demons from the Prescott slip behind him. Kotelnik was trying everything possible to break the solid Khan offensive but slowly got demoralised as
rounds wore on and without little success. Freddy Roache only concern of the night was a late attack he warned Khan of just before the final round when he advised his charge to look out for a relentless finish by the Ukrainian knowing by that time he was in need of nothing short of a knockout to retain his title. Khan maintained his composure and took no risks taking the unanimous decision by scores of; (120 - 108) (118 -111) (118 - 111) .. Stan Christodoulou refereed.. Amir Khan now has several options open to him on the table, one being an all British clash with Ricky Hatton next year if Hatton decide in favour of a return to the sport. Khan has also been linked to Mexican Erik Morales and WBA interim champion Marcos Maidana in
October , any further concrete news we will update.
On the same card at the MEN in Manchester a packed house enjoyed all three of Frank Warrens new breed of pro's continuing on the hard road to glory with Olympic Gold medalist James DeGale beating tough Ciaran Healy in the first of a scheduled four rounder..
Billy Joe Saunders stopped well travelled journeyman Matt Scriven in two of a scheduled four.. Accomplished former World Amateur champion Frankie Gavin halted Graham Fearn also in two of a scheduled four..
Sheffield's Kell Brook took a step closer to his dreams of emulating his friend and Hero Prince Naseem Hamed who was in attendance as he demolished the usually classy Michael Lomax in three of a scheduled 12 in defence of his British title, Kell now keeps his Lonsdale belt for life being his third successful defence and at 20 - 0 (13 Ko's) he has an amazing future ahead of him.
Anthony Small took both the British and Commonwealth light middleweight titles by winning battle royale of the night over tysonesque puncher Matt Hall of Manchester via Tko in the 8th of a scheduled 12. Hall and Small had become somewhat of a needle match when Small began the bad mouthing at the weigh in prior to the fight. Hall maintained his composure at the weigh in and stated that he would rather do his talking in the ring but in a strange twist the fast moving slick Smalls turned puncher by out gunning the Puncher to make good his bravado. Hall is now 22 - 2 (15 Ko's) and Smalls escalates to 22 - 1 (16 Ko's) almost identical to his opponents tally.
Welsh Cruiserweight Enzo Maccarinelli has probably seen the curtain fall on his future as he was stopped for the fourth time in his career where he once stood as Britain's force at 190lbs. The former WBO Cruiserweight champion lost via TKO to dangerous and very highly charged Denis Lebedev in the third of a scheduled 12 for the vacant WBO intercontinental title. Enzo now 29 - 4 (22 Ko's) returned to the same ring where Ola Afolabi knocked him out only to taste some of the same medicine now recognising that he has lost all passion for a sport which was once his life. Enzo didn't elaborate only stating that he is absolutely devastated. Lebedev now goes to 18 - 0 (13 Ko's) charging fast towards the top of the Cruiserweight tree towards some lucrative future match ups.