Khan-stipated: Amir Khan’s Life on the Pot

By Paul Magno on October 1, 2017
Khan-stipated: Amir Khan’s Life on the Pot
Khan hasn’t seemed that interested in actually fighting since being steamrolled by Canelo.

The perception of Khan has been that, despite his elite-level physical gifts, he’s weak, vulnerable, and unworthy of inclusion among the truly elite…

Khan would doggedly pursue both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, to varying degrees, for several years before coming to the realization that neither was going to bend over backwards in backing up a Brinks truck to his flat. Unable to land either superstar payday, the Bolton, Lancashire native, instead, offered himself as a human sacrifice on the smaller altar of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in May of 2016.

Khan’s mad dash at a quick B-side payout came off as a desperate attempt to cash out on a career that had gone nowhere near as smoothly as many believed it would.

When the talented 17-year-old Khan won silver in the 2004 Athens games, becoming the youngest British Olympic boxing medalist in history, big things were expected.

Khan had the charisma and raw athleticism necessary to take him to the very top of the sport, but much to the consternation of everyone around him, he could never quite put it all together into one cohesive package.

After growing up in the game, Amir Khan is still, to this day, very much less than the sum of his parts as a fighter. He has fast hands, fast feet, world-class athleticism, but is still, at 31 years of age with twelve years of professional experience, fatally flawed and frustratingly inconsistent.

Khan is, essentially, the same fighter he was at 22. He’s still winning his biggest fights on talent, alone, using his speed to stay out of harm’s way and his size to tie up his opposition on the inside while scoring with God-given hand speed when at a safe distance.

Unfortunately for Khan, he’s also still the same fighter who was caught by Breidis Prescott and Danny Garcia and had no answer for how to turn things around.

The combination of world-class talent and world-class weakness makes for a compelling ring presence, but it hardly speaks of a fighter on the verge of elite-level stardom. And, as an athlete just starting to leave his physical prime, the future doesn’t look very bright for Khan at all.

The perception of Khan has been that, despite his elite-level physical gifts, he’s weak, vulnerable, and, therefore, unworthy, of inclusion among the truly elite. And who could argue with that assessment from the way his career has thus far played out? The only way to change that perception would’ve been to legitimately beat (or bring war to) a guy like Mayweather or Pacquiao.

And that is the Catch-22 of being Amir Khan. He needs the truly big win to validate his career, yet seems incapable of keeping it all together long enough to actually get the big fight.

On any given night, Khan has been talented enough to beat anyone in his division— maybe even Mayweather or Pacquiao—but he’s been more Jay Cutler than Tom Brady, capable of some thrilling highlights, but lacking the consistency that goes hand-in-hand with talent at the elite level.

Sure, Amir Khan looks like a star. He certainly carries himself like a star. And if you see the right highlight package, you would think that he also fights like a star.

However, Khan hasn’t really changed in the ring, hasn’t really gotten better, and hasn’t lived up to his full potential. Everyone knows it, maybe even Khan, himself. And that’s why he has felt the urgency to get paid quickly, while the money is still there for the taking.

But maybe it’s all a moot point, anyway, as Khan hasn’t seemed all that interested in actually fighting since being steamrolled by Alvarez seventeen months ago. Maybe Khan’s lack of apparent interest in boxing is born of the realization that he now stands to make more money off his celebrity than his God-given ability.

If so, then here’s to great success in becoming the British Kim Kardashian of the ex-boxer set.

But if Khan still has interest in achieving fame and glory through boxing, here’s hoping he gets his act together fast.

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  1. Kid Blast 05:56pm, 10/02/2017

    I agree. His career is a case study on how to not promote a fighter.

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