Amir Khan vs Marco Antonio Barrera official on-site programme SIGNED by Amir Khan, 14th March 2009, M.E.N. Arena, Manchester.
Khan W Technical decision after 5 rounds
Marco Antonio Barrera came in ranked as the # 1 contender for Juan Manuel Marquez's Lightweight Title by the WBO. Khan was ranked # 7 by the same organization.
In what was a great disparity in ring experience, this fight was the 73rd professional bout of Barrera's career and just the 21st for Khan. Also of note, Khan was a mere two years of age when Barrera made his professional debut on November 22, 1989. It would be Barrera's third loss in his last five bouts and the biggest victory, to date, in Khan's young professional career.
Khan came out on the attack in the opening round and landed strong and quick power shots. A clash of head opened a bad cut on the top left corner of Barrera's forehead. It too opened a small cut on the left eyelid of Khan. It was evident in Round 2, that the cut on Barrera's forehead would factor into the bout as it bled heavily into his left eye and covered the entire left side of Barrera's face each round. In Round 4, action was paused to allow the doctor to view the cut. The fight was allowed to continue and Khan continued to control the fight. Action was again paused in Round 5 to allow the doctor to view the cut. At the doctor's advice, the referee waved an end to the bout. By rule, the fight was decided by the scorecards.
Amir Iqbal Khan (born 8 December 1986) from Bolton, Greater Manchester, England.
He became the WBA World light-welterweight champion after defeating Andreas Kotelnik on 18 July 2009, making him Britain's third-youngest World champion after Naseem Hamed and Herbie Hide. He is also the former Commonwealth lightweight champion, WBO Inter-Continental lightweight champion, and WBA International lightweight champion.
Khan was born and raised in Bolton, England. He is an avid supporter of his local football club, Bolton Wanderers, and uses the club's training facilities. Khan belongs to the Janjua Rajput warrior clan. His parents originate from Rawalpindi in the Punjab province of Pakistan.
Khan speaks fluent English, Urdu, and Punjabi. He was educated at Smithills School in Bolton, and Bolton Community College. His first cousin is the English cricketer Sajid Mahmood, and his younger brother, Haroon Khan, is an amateur boxer.
In an interview with GeoNews he showed his pride in representing both Pakistan and Great Britain, claiming to be the first Pakistani to win a World title in boxing. Khan said he won the title for Britain, the Pakistani community, and all Muslims. He also stated that he has been to Pakistan several times and may fight there in the future, and that no matter what he achieves in his life he will never forget the love he has for Pakistan.
Khan began boxing competitively at the age of 11, with early honours including three English school titles, three junior ABA titles, and gold at the 2003 Junior Olympics. In early 2004 he won a gold medal at the European Student Championships in Lithuania, and in South Korea several months later he won World junior lightweight title after fighting five times in seven days. Khan then was Britain's sole representative in boxing at the 2004 Athens Olympics, winning a silver medal at the age of 17 in the lightweight boxing category. He was Britain's youngest Olympic boxer since Colin Jones in 1976. He lost in the final to Mario Kindelan, the Cuban who had also beaten him several months earlier in the pre-Olympic match-ups in Greece. In 2005 he avenged the two losses by beating the 34 year old Kindelan in his last amateur fight.
• Round of 32: Defeated Marios Kaperonis of Greece (RSC-3)
• Round of 16: Defeated Dimitar Stilianov of Bulgaria (37-21)
• Quarterfinals: Defeated Baik Jong-Sub of South Korea (RSC-1)
• Semifinals: Defeated Serik Yeleuov of Kazakhstan (40-26)
• Gold Medal Match: Lost to Mario Kindelán of Cuba (23-30)
Professional Career -2005–2006
Despite declaring after the 2004 Olympics that he would pursue a Gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Khan turned professional in 2005, signing with English boxing promoter, Frank Warren. It is speculated by some that this decision was influenced by a row with the English Amateur Boxing Association over the ticketing allocation for his family and friends at the English ABA Finals.
Khan moved from lightweight to light welterweight for a single fight against French fighter Rachid Drilzane on 9 December 2006, winning a 10 round decision. Khan experienced the first knockdown of his career when his opponent caught him with a good left. Drilzane had never scored a knockout in his 13 fight career. Khan returned to the lightweight division for future fights.
On 7 April 2007, Khan beat Steffy Bull in a three round technical knockout in Cardiff.
On 14 July 2007 he faced Willie Limond for the Commonwealth lightweight title. During the fight Khan was knocked down in the 6th round and appeared to be hurt badly. However, after another barrage of right hands, Khan weathered the storm and in the seventh round knocked down Limond.
On 6 October 2007 Khan faced Scott Lawton in his first defence of the Commonwealth lightweight title. Khan fought a mature and clinical fight, boxing with single punches for the majority of the first three rounds. Khan increased the pressure at the end of the third, and secured a TKO victory in the fourth. The referee stepped in when Lawton failed to fight back.
The most significant win of Khan's career up until that time came when he celebrated his 21st birthday by successfully defending his Commonwealth lightweight title against Graham Earl on 8 December 2007. Earl, rated the number one British lightweight and a former World title challenger, was considered Khan's toughest test by some way and a tough fight was expected; especially due to some ill-feeling between the pair in the run-up to the fight. However, it took Khan just 72 seconds to have the fight referee declare Earl in no fit state to continue. Khan later claimed that he rated this victory as the best of his career.
On 2 February 2008, Khan was scheduled to fight Martin Kristjansen but illness forced the Dane to withdraw and instead Khan beat Australian Gairy St Clair in a contest for the Commonwealth lightweight title at the ExCel Arena in London. This was his first fight to last all 12 rounds and was won via a unanimous 120-108 scoring from all three ringside judges.
On 5 April, Khan beat Kristjansen in the 7th round of a WBO World lightweight title eliminator. Before the contest, the fighters had been ranked 3rd and 4th respectively by the WBO. After Khan's victory, he was ranked 2nd, behind only Joel Casamayor.
Following the fight, Khan split from his trainer Oliver Harrison, the trainer for all of his previous 17 professional contests. The breakup was blamed on Harrison's concerns that Khan's public engagements were interfering with his fight preparations. An official spokesperson for Team Khan told reporters there was "nothing personal" between Khan and Harrison. Dean Powell, who has trained former World champions Duke McKenzie and Lloyd Honeyghan, will work with Khan until a decision on a permanent trainer is made, with Khan possibly looking to America. In the same month, Khan had a training session in Las Vegas with Roger Mayweather, trainer and uncle of Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Khan fought on 21 June at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham against Irishman Michael Gomez. Gomez, a super featherweight who was reaching the end of his career and had lost the last three of his six fights, was described as a "backward step" in Khan's quest for a World title. Khan stated "I think I'm above this domestic level now" and made it clear that he expected a fast and explosive finish to the fight. However, after the fight, Khan said he felt he had moved up a level by "fighting World class fighters like Gomez". Khan received criticism for being knocked down in the second round, but proved his resilience by coming back stronger after this. Former boxing champion Barry McGuigan seemed unimpressed after the fight and said Khan needed at least two more fights before he should consider a World title bout. Many journalists echoed McGuigan's opinion of Khan's defensive vulnerability.
Khan vs Prescott
A month after the Gomez fight, it was announced that Jorge Rubio would become Khan's new trainer. Rubio was chosen because Khan thought that he had very good chemistry with the Cuban trainer. Khan said "Rubio was showing me all these new training techniques, and I felt so comfortable because it suited my style. I knew I had the handspeed and the footwork to do it and I knew it was going to make me a much better fighter". Many boxing experts thought that Rubio needed to concentrate on improving Khan's defence and Khan's father agreed that he was showing great defensive skills during his training. In the early August, Breidis Prescott was chosen as Khan's opponent by Jorge Rubio because he had trained a fighter who had narrowly lost to Prescott before and thought that Khan would be able to handle the bigger, taller Prescott who had a prolific knockout record of 17 KOs in 19 contests.
On 6 September 2008, Khan lost to Breidis Prescott in 54 seconds at the M.E.N. Arena on his Sky Box Office debut, handing him his first defeat as a professional boxer. Khan was knocked down within 25 seconds and struggled to make the count, Prescott downed him again within 41 seconds, moments later to win by knockout.
Khan vs Fagan
Following his defeat to Prescott, Frank Warren sacked Khan's trainer Jorge Rubio and replaced him with Freddie Roach. Khan began training with Roach in the United States, where he sparred with then WBC World Lightweight champion Manny Pacquiao, who is also being trained by Roach. On 6 December 2008, Khan recorded a comeback win against Oisin Fagan in a second-round stoppage winning the WBO Inter-Continental title (vacated by Prescott) and the WBA Inter-Contenential Lightweight title. Khan knocked Fagan down twice in the first round and Fagan's corner threw in the towel in the second.
After the fight it was revealed that Fagan had broken his ankle when falling after the first knock-down.
2009 - Khan vs Barrera
In early 2009, it was announced that Khan would fight former seven-time and three-weight World champion Marco Antonio Barrera on 14 March 2009 at the Manchester Evening News Arena. Frank Warren promoted Khan's fight against the veteran Barrera, perhaps Khan's highest-profile opponent to date. Barrera was ranked #1 and Khan #9 in the WBO World lightweight rankings. Previous IBF and WBO World lightweight title holder Nate Campbell was stripped of the belts after moving up to the light welterweight division and Khan's promoter Frank Warren and Barrera's promoter Don King lobbied the WBO to elevate the Khan-Barrera fight to a World lightweight title eliminator. However, the World-title status was instead given to the fight between Juan Manuel Márquez and Juan Diaz, ranked #2 and #3 respectively by the WBO.
On 14 March at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England, Khan defeated Barrera after the fight was stopped towards the end of the 5th round due to Barrera suffering a severe cut reopened from his previous fight. This was caused by a clash of heads late in the opening round. With Barrera deemed in no position to fight on by the ringside doctor, the fight went to the scorecards where Khan was ahead on all three (50-44, 50-45, 50-45).
Frank Warren was sufficiently impressed with Khan's performance that he vowed to land a World title fight for him before the end of the year.
"There was a lot on his shoulders, but I always felt he could rise to the big occasion. I'd like to see him get a belt round his waist by the end of this year."
Khan also commented on the fight, saying: "I felt so completely easy, catching him with jabs. I felt like I was on a better level than him. The jabbing and patience – I felt so strong. You could see the difference. I had to take some shots in that match. I made some mistakes in the past and I'm not going to make them again."During the post-fight interview, Barrera mentioned that he would talk with friends and family regarding his future. He also stated in a press release: "If I'd have had both my eyes the fight wouldn't have ended this way. I couldn't see the guy from the first round, the blood was in my eye and I just couldn't see with it."
As of 26 March, promoter Don King is pushing for a rematch between Khan and Marco Antonio Barrera, claiming the fight should have been ruled a no-contest. Trainer Freddie Roach has also hinted at his camp's desire to pit Khan against Ricky Hatton after the latter's fight with Roach's other star pupil, Manny Pacquiao.
Khan vs. Kotelnik
On 18 July, Khan defeated Andreas Kotelnik at the MEN Arena in Manchester for the WBA World Light-Welterweight title. Khan won by a unanimous decision, 120-108, 118-111, 118-111, and become the third-youngest Briton to win a World title, at the age of 22. The winner of the fight was to face undefeated up-comer Dmitry Salita, as he is the immediate contender. Salita said, "Amir Khan is just holding on to my championship right now." Salita said there is a 90-day negotiating period for Khan promoter Frank Warren and Salita’s promoter, Square Ring, to finalize a deal, and that both promoters had already had preliminary talks prior to Khan’s win. According to WBA concessions, Khan will face Salita for his first Light Welterweight title-defence.
Khan vs. Salita
On 6 October 2009, Frank Warren confirmed that Khan will defend his WBA World Light welterweight title against Dmitry Salita on 5 December at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.
• Oliver Harrison – July 2005 – April 2008
• Jorge Rubio–July 2008–September 2008
• Freddie Roach–October 2008–present
In July 2006 Khan became involved in the No Messin' campaign, which promotes child safety around British railways. The same year he performed an Umrah (a pilgrimage to Mecca).
After the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, Khan went to Pakistan and handed out food parcels to children in a camp. He has also raised more than £6,000 for a firefighter who was badly burned while trying to save a family from an arson attack in Bolton. He has spent £1 million of his own cash on opening the Gloves Community Centre and boxing gym in Bolton to get youths off the streets.
• Amir was involved in a TV programme for Channel 4, Amir Khan's Angry Young Men, which consisted of three 50-minute episodes. The programme centred around troubled angry men and aimed to use the disciplines of boxing, coupled with faith and family values, to help re-focus their lives and steer them away from trouble in the future. It was screened in August/September 2007.
• He has also been on a show called Proud Parents with his parents.
• In April 2008, Khan appeared on TV game show Beat the Star, and in January 2009 he guested on a celebrity version of ITV1's Family Fortunes, pitted against Jennie Bond.
• Amir also appeared at The MOBO Awards 2009 where he presented the award for best video.