Amir Khan vs. Julio Diaz Preview

By Robert Ecksel on April 27, 2013
Amir Khan vs. Julio Diaz Preview
"He will be coming with guns blazing and I'm ready for whatever he has to throw at me."


On Saturday, April 27, at Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England, former WBA/IBF junior welterweight champion Amir “King” Khan (27-3, 19 KOs) returns to the U.K. to face former IBF lightweight champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz (40-7-1, 29 KOs).

Although Khan is only 26, many have written him off. His losses to Breidis Prescott, Lamont Peterson, and Danny Garcia are unforgivable in the most unforgiving of all sports. But that write-off may be premature. Khan may be down, but Khan is not out. He does have wins over Marco Antonio Barrera, Paulie Malignaggi, Marcos Maidana and Zab Judah, and with Andre Ward’s trainer Virgil Hunter in his corner, he intends to prove, as he proved in his last fight against Carlos Molina, that he’s alive and well and still contending.

“April 27th is going to be a special night,” Khan said. “It’s been two years since I last fought in the United Kingdom and I can’t wait to get in the ring in front of my fans. Julio Diaz is a former world champion and a very dangerous opponent who is coming off of an impressive performance in his last fight. I know he will be coming with guns blazing and I’m ready for whatever he has to throw at me. With my speed and boxing skills, and his power and experience, it makes for a really exciting matchup. He may have other ideas but I’m adamant that my return to the British shores is going to be a very successful one.”

Many in the U.S. are skeptical of Khan. It’s not that he’s not exciting. It’s not that he’s not a great competitor. It’s not that he’s a Muslim born in Pakistan, as crazy as that sounds. It’s the imperfections, those troubling losses, and his sometimes strange post-fight behavior that disappoints. But Amir Khan can fight, and fight Saturday night is what he, like his opponent, intends to do.

“I’m not going to England for the fight to go to the scorecards,” Diaz said. “I’m fighting for the knockout. I know the knockout is the only thing that will get me the win, so I’m training extra hard already in order to get a victory on Khan’s home turf. I’m a heavy hitter and he can’t take a punch, so to me, that is the perfect combination.”

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  1. Ted 09:05am, 04/27/2013

    Khan wins in a clinic.

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