In the wake of the passing of Hall of Fame boxer Matthew Saad Muhammad, a Muslim brother from Philadelphia widely considered one of the top action fighters in the sport’s long history, Boxing News 24 posted its list of the five most exciting fighters on the scene today.
Coming in at No. 5 on the list is Amir Khan, the 27-year-old British Pakistani Muslim who is a two-time former world champion at light-welterweight. From author Nick Hagan’s write up:
Love him or hate him, every true boxing fan wants to see this young fighter from the UK in action. He may have lost a few times, however he is always fully committed (maybe too much for his own good) and so exciting to watch. Let’s not forget his brilliant wins against Paulie Malignaggi, Zab Judah and (Marcos) Maidana. He possesses more speed than any other Boxer in the Welterweight divisions. I was really impressed with Khan in his last fight and feel that he will grow and under the guidance of Virgil Hunter and become a World Champion again real soon.
Khan’s most recent fight was a unanimous decision victory over Luis Collazo on May 3, on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.‘s win over Maidana. Khan scored two knockdowns in the fight. Khan was on the short list to be Mayweather’s next opponent, but when the Mayweather camp committed to a Sept. 13 date, that took Khan out of the picture; he has previously said a mid-September match wouldn’t be possible for him because it’s too close to Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting in which Muslims are supposed to abstain from food and drink during daylight hours.
As dominant as he was against Collazo, part of what has made Khan’s fights interesting in recent years is his suspect chin. While his pro record is an impressive 29-3 (19 KOs), he seems just as likely to get knocked out as he is to knock somebody out. In 2008, as a rising prospect seemingly destined for stardom, Khan got KO’d in the first round by Breidis Prescott. He recovered from that to claim those aforementioned championships, but in 2012 he was knocked down three times in four rounds in a loss to current light-welterweight champ Danny Garcia.
Khan came back to score a 10th-round KO over Carlos Molina in his next fight, and has won his last two fights by decision, over Julio Diaz and Collazo. He has been mentioned as a future opponent for Manny Pacquiao, who ranks No. 4 on the Boxing News 24 list.