Amir Khan on Floyd’s Predicament

By Robert Ecksel on December 27, 2011
Amir Khan on Floyd’s Predicament
"It will affect him,” Khan told BBC Sport about Floyd being in jail. “It would affect anyone."


“I never thought of losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right.”—Muhammad Ali

Former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan seems unable to stop talking. What he says is of interest to some, of no interest to others, but Khan is so busy talking that he seems unable or unwilling to notice the lukewarm response his endless utterances are receiving.

His complaints immediately after he lost his WBA and IBF titles to Lamont Peterson in Washington, DC on Dec. 10 showed Khan in a somewhat less-than-flattering light. Admittedly no one likes to lose, and Khan is no different than anyone else in that regard. But there is something to be said about maintaining one’s poise and accepting one’s loss like a man.

The latest thing Khan has turned his attention to is Floyd Mayweather and his Jan. 6 incarceration. Khan, who to my knowledge hasn’t spent much time in jail, talks as though he knows a lot about the subject.

“It will affect him,” Khan told BBC Sport about Mayweather being in jail. “It would affect anyone.”

Jail might affect anyone, but Mayweather isn’t just anyone. True, he won’t be able to train, but Floyd may emerge from the experience stronger than ever. Mayweather is complicated in ways we, and Amir Khan, can only imagine. Khan doesn’t really know if jail will affect Mayweather or not, and in which ways it might affect him, despite what he says, so his speculation, which is all it is, is better left to himself.

“Things happen for a reason,” Khan said. “This fight [with Peterson] has probably put me back three months because I want to get the win against Lamont Peterson [in a rematch] and get to where I want to be. I hear Mayweather is in prison for 90 days. I think he’ll need a couple of months to get back into it again and then train. I think right now is the best time to catch him. He’s making a lot of mistakes now and doing a lot of things wrong on the streets as well. I think right now is the best time to catch him, when his hands are low and beat him. I know I got the style to beat him.”

What Khan knows and what says he knows may be two very different things.

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  1. Lonesome Coyote 03:34pm, 01/02/2012

    I love the photo - a nice heal of the hand to Khan’s face!
    In all seriousness, Khan has reached his peak. He’s not going to get any better, even with Freddie. One more defeat at World level will see him reduced to an also-ran. He never seriously got past his amateur skill-set. Shame, but true.

  2. The Tache 07:24am, 12/29/2011

    @ Robert Ecksel
    Thanks for answering my previous post, I am glad you are not one of the boxing fans/writers who think that anyone not from the USA is an overrated bum.
    As for Khan himself, he seems to have had his head turned by being involved with GBP and Wild Card and they certainly haven’t helped his image. Why on earth are they supporting his appeals and not telling him to keep his head down and mouth shut? I wonder if Khan and/or Roach thought he might be the next superstar after Manny and Floyd have retired and that is why he seems to be constantly trying to talk himself into a fight with Mayweather recently, and now after losing to Peterson they can see that fight even further away, as well as the chance of Khan being the next money maker. Not that I think he could beat Floyd in a month of Sundays anyway.

  3. Robert Ecksel 04:45am, 12/29/2011

    And sign a lot of autographs.

  4. Don from Prov 04:36am, 12/29/2011

    Ninety days in jail?

    Exactly how is that supposed to effect him??

    He’ll take a lot of naps.

  5. AKT 07:02am, 12/28/2011

    @ The Tache:

    “If Khan doesn’t know that jail will affect Mayweather then Mr Ecksel doesn’t know that it won’t ..”

    Mayweather has defied common sense quite a few times i.e. came out of a 16-month lay off to totally dominate an elite fighter in Marquez. He did the same to Ortiz. He showed extraordinary mettle against Shane Mosley, standing toe-to-toe with one of the hardest punchers when he could easily have done otherwise.
    So I think Mr. Ecksel has a point when he says that Mayweather is complicated in ways we can only imagine. He has defied logic quite a few times and gotten away with it every time.

    Just my thoughts ..

  6. "Old Yank" Schneider 04:51am, 12/28/2011

    The delusion Williams is suffering from is apparently contagious.

  7. Robert Ecksel 04:07pm, 12/27/2011

    The Tache—I have great admiration for the British, and for British fighters, and would never stoop to anything so low as playing the nationalism card. It’s as accidental that I’m a Yank as I am Caucasian, and treat both with the indifference they deserve. I’ve written many times praising Khan (http://www.boxing.com/mr._khan_goes_to_washington.html) and more than my share disparaging Mayweather. I just call ‘em as I see them, and think that a moment of silence is in order after Khan’s defeat, however disputed, to Lamont Peterson. Khan may disagree, as may you, but his being British (or Muslim or of Pakistani origin) has nothing whatsoever to do with anything. We’re about boxing, not nation-states. It’s simply a matter of decorum.

  8. Ernesto de Varona 04:00pm, 12/27/2011

    For me Khan is a Bloff, unable to box with someone that hits a little hard His defense is not good neither. He would be too slow for Mayweather and will get a lot of punishment. Mayweather is not only good, he is the best.

  9. The Tache 03:30pm, 12/27/2011

    While I agree that Khan’s behaviour after the Peterson fight has been shameful, this article seems like a pointless attack on Khan. If Khan doesn’t know that jail will affect Mayweather then Mr Ecksel doesn’t know that it won’t, even allowing for the possibility that Floyd may be so complex that we mere mortals couldn’t begin to understand him (he’s not by the way, he’s just got a massive ego).

    The Ali quote that is supposed to show Khan’s lack of dignity in defeat isn’t very well thought out either, as Ali certainly didn’t lose the right way after Frazier beat him.

    Mr Ecksel seems to be going out of his way recently to disparage certain fighters, namely Froch and Khan. Is it a coincidence that they are both British?

    Watch out Ricky Burns if he gets a fight in America.

  10. raxman 02:31pm, 12/27/2011

    i was not only a fan of this kid i was a supporter as well, a defender too. now call me hater and i won’t argue. the ego monsters at wild card have totally got to this kid. when he sack ariza for his disgusting post maidana fight behavior i thought that khan had not only shown the world he had a chin made of more than glass but he also showed character possessed of class. although i read alot about ariza’s firing i never heard any reports of his rehiring - he was just back for the judah fight. positioned between roach and ariza its little wonder the kid khan is becoming the man he is.

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