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Amir Khan’s world title hopes remain after Julio Diaz battle, Floyd Mayweather Jr fight rumoured

1 May
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Sam Janes – Leicester

Amir Khan rose up from the canvas on his way to winning a close 12 round unanimous decision
against game Julio Diaz. Khan largely dominated the fight but was on the end of some telling blows
by the powerful Mexican (now 40-8-1), especially with a sharp left hook in the 4 th which put Khan

Can Khan return to title-winning glory?

Can Khan return to title-winning glory? Credit: Stacey Verbeek

Khan responded by out-boxing Diaz over the following round, but Khan’s coach Virgil Hunter will be
disappointed at the amount of times Khan was drawn into a war with the previous IBF lightweight
champion of the world. The three judges favoured Khan’s skills over Diaz’s power 114-113, 115-113
and 115-112 all for Khan. Khan improved to 28 wins and took his post fight interview as a chance to
call out for rematches with Lamont Peterson and current The Ring light-Welterweight champion Danny
Garcia, both who are previous adversaries.

Richard Shaefer, CEO of Khan’s American promoters Golden Boy seems determined to match Garcia
against the winner of Peterson’s upcoming bout with Lucas Matthysse, and have Khan to fight the
winner in late 2013. Only a victory for Khan could keep Amir’s long term aim of fighting Pound for
Pound superstar, Floyd Mayweather Jr, a reality.

Mayweather has fuelled rumours of a potential fight with Khan as his advisor Leonard Ellerbe
suggested Mayweather plans to fight in the UK as part of his 6 fight deal with Showtime. With
Golden Boys recent attempts to crack the UK market shown, perhaps Khan could get his dream fight
on home turf.

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Fight Results (With Video): Rising American hopes continue to win, one Mexican war and a Prizefighter Prince rules Britain’s light middleweights

16 May

J.G Barrington – New York

America’s search for their heavyweight hope may have been dashed with the two losses of Chris Arreola (who defeated Nagy Aguilera impressively at the weekend) but the rise of Seth Mitchell continues to inspire. Hugo Ruiz and Francisco Arce went toe-to-toe in a brawling affair and Prince Arron, a former Prizefighter champion, added the British belt to his growing list of honours…

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(Embedded video above credit – Youtube, JFKConspiracy)

Heavyweight: Chris Arreola – 3rd Rd KO – Nagy Aguilera

Notes – Arreola’s taking control of his career by having a more dedicated and professional mentality towards training. Arreola weighed-in over a stone (nearly 16lbs to be exact) lighter than he had in his last outing and the reduced weight enhanced his punch output. Arreola struck a technical knockout over Aguilera by dominating him against the ropes and turnbuckles. For video, scorecard and report, click here.

Heavyweight: Tom Dallas – UD – Zack Page [78-76, referee verdict]

Notes – American Page was brought in to give Dallas a step-up in class in competition against an opponent who had gone the distance with Dallas’ domestic heavyweight rival Tyson Fury, as well as State-side prospects like Seth Mitchell (see below). Dallas, though, did not do well against Page and was considerably lucky to escape with a home decision. For scorecard and report, click here.

Heavyweight: Seth Mitchell – 1st Rd KO – Evans Quinn

Notes – Mitchell lived up to his ‘Mayhem’ nickname by peppering Quinn with jabs from the off. Quinn was on the backfoot for the whole of the fight (which was less than one round) and, just as the clock crept into the third minute, Quinn was troubled with a one-two. Mitchell had the necessary finisher’s instinct as he burst into a flurry of action and, when Quinn sought to tie-up, Mitchell replied with body shots. Quinn was floored with a right to the head and never looked like he intended to beat the referee’s count.

Light Heavyweight: Anthony Dirrell – 3rd Rd TKO – Alberto Mercedes

Notes – Brother of Andre Dirrell, Anthony continued his unbeaten streak (21-0-0, 18ko) as he defeated Mercedes by way of third round stoppage. Dirrell showed good technical ability as he put together a six punch combination in the third that led to Mercedes’ corner throwing in the towel. Conversely, Mercedes had only won twice in his prior 12 fight but, despite all the losses (18), he has only twice been finished off faster.

Super WBA World Super Middleweight title: Andre Ward – UD – Arthur Abraham [120-108, 118-110, 118-111]

Notes – While On The Beak‘s Robert Delgado praised Ward’s performance, claiming King Arthur was ‘reduced to a boxing commoner’, I, on the other hand, failed to see anything that excited me. Ward bored his way to a points victory. It was a one-sided display but with all the talk from Ward’s trainer, Virgil Hunter, that they would look for a knockout… Ward never looked like producing one. Ward kept his belt and moved on to the Super Six World Boxing Classic final where he’ll meet either Glencoffe Johnson or Carl Froch. For scorecard and summary click here.

British Light Middleweight title: Prince Arron – 12th Rd TKO – Sam Webb

Notes – Matchroom Sports’ Prizefighter franchise produced another champion as Prince Arron was crowned Britain’s new light middleweight ruler with a last round technical knockout win over erstwhile titlist Sam Webb. To borrow a phrase from English soccer, it was a match of two halves as Webb dominated in the first half, only to expend too much energy and allow Arron back into the fight. Webb showed good heart but Arron looked a good technician with an awkward posture. For scorecard and summary click here.

Welterweight: Kendall Holt – 3rd Rd TKO – Julio Diaz

Notes – Holt disposed of Diaz swiftly in the third. The opening stanza contained good exchange but come the third, Diaz sought to target Holt’s body only for the latter to respond with a left hook that landed flush on Diaz – dropping him to the canvas. Remarkably, Diaz actually mustered the strength to rose to his feet but he was in no fit state to continue and so the teekayo was awarded to Holt.

Interim WBA World Bantamweight title: Hugo Ruiz – UD – Francisco Arce [114-109, 114-109, 112-111]

Notes – There were two knockdowns scored for each fighter in this all Mexican thriller. Ruiz was down in the third and the eighth while Arce was introduced to the canvas in the fifth and then again in the eleventh. The judges’ scorecards left the crowd unhappy and Arce’s corner more so. An immediate rematch has been looked into.

IBF World Super Flyweight title: Cristian Mijares – UD – Carlos Rueda [120-108, 120-108, 118-110]

Notes – Mexican southpaw Mijares defeated Rueda in a one-sided display in Durango, Mexico on Saturday night. Mijares’ punch output was highly superior to Rueda who was outclassed in all departments. Mijares’ hooks and uppercuts were potent weapons.

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