LAY OFF KHAN

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AMIR KHAN seems to draw a lot of what I feel is un­fair crit­i­cism. Sure, he is ‘chinny’ and vul­ner­a­ble when up against a big puncher, but this vul­ner­a­bil­ity, added to his speed and skills, make him ex­cit­ing to watch. His ca­reer achieve­ments are very im­pres­sive. He is a for­mer holder of the WBA and IBF su­per-light­weight ti­tles. He has a num­ber of big-name op­po­nents on his vic­tim list at 140lbs, in­clud­ing Paulie Malig­naggi, Marcos Maidana and Zab Ju­dah. He was very un­lucky to lose to La­mont Peter­son by con­tro­ver­sial split de­ci­sion on away turf in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. He has good wins at wel­ter­weight on his record against Luis Col­lazo, Devon Alexan­der and Chris Al­gieri. At 31 years old, I’m sure he’s still got more to of­fer. Michael Hin­ton (Bournemouth EBA)

UN­POP­U­LAR WIN­NER

A BAD re­sult for box­ing – a re­spected champ in Gen­nady Golovkin be­ing beaten by a drug cheat in Canelo Al­varez. His­tory shows with Justin Gatlin in athletics and Lance Arm­strong in cy­cling that the fall­out will carry on for a long time. If Canelo ends up se­ri­ously in­jur­ing an op­po­nent in a fu­ture fight, box­ing would take a se­ri­ous hit. The peo­ple who run the sport would then have to look in the mir­ror and ask them­selves, ‘Was it worth it?’ Drug cheats, what­ever the sport, should be banned for life. David Proud

TIME TO BOW OUT

GEN­NADY GOLOVKIN vs Canelo Al­varez II was truly an amaz­ing fight. I had “GGG” win­ning by one round, but felt Canelo earned the de­ci­sion, if that makes sense. Out­side of Roy Jones Jnr, Golovkin is the best mid­dleweight I’ve ever seen, but in re­cent years he has re­ally slowed down and now looks jaded. He’s earned the right to walk off into the sun­set. I hope he re­tires and al­lows Canelo to carve out his own legacy. A third fight would be awe­some, but I don’t want to see an aging Golovkin in an­other war like that. He’s not what he once was and ships too many punches now. I’d like Canelo to fight Martin Mur­ray or Billy Joe Saunders next. Mike Hills

LOS­ING HOPE

WILL we ever see a prime An­thony Joshua fight a prime Deon­tay Wilder? Read­ing be­tween the lines, why would Joshua’s team risk the goose that lays the golden egg? I think they will wait un­til Wilder is past his prime, in­stead of tak­ing a risk against such a dan­ger­ous op­po­nent. In the mean­time, Joshua will con­tinue to fill sta­di­ums against less threat­en­ing op­po­si­tion. It is frus­trat­ing when top fight­ers avoid each other. Herol Gra­ham and Nigel Benn spring to mind. That would’ve been the ul­ti­mate ‘boxer vs fighter’ matchup; a fight fan’s dream con­test. Also, Amir Khan vs Kell Brook is an­other fight that should’ve hap­pened by now. I fear that Joshua vs Wilder may end up fol­low­ing the same path. Max Win­berg

ONE TO WATCH

I WAS at York Hall in Beth­nal Green ear­lier this month, where a Lithua­nian debu­tant called De­nis Denika­jev caught my at­ten­tion. I’d never heard of him be­fore, yet I was very im­pressed with his style, move­ment and skills. He seemed dis­ci­plined and keen to learn. He looked like a very good prospect but, of course, will need a few more bouts and more ex­pe­ri­ence to re­ally progress. I look for­ward to see­ing more of this young boxer to find out how far he can go in the sport. John Bryan

Photo: AC­TION IMAGES/CRAIG BROUGH

AP­PRE­CI­ATE: Khan has achieved a lot in his ca­reer

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