Limond: Fast hands will see Khan to safety
WILLIE LIMOND has tipped Amir Khan to retain his WBA light-welterweight title in Newcastle tonight against challenger Dimitriy Salita – but only just.
In July, 2007, Limond lost his Commonwealth lightweight title to Khan after eight torrid rounds, despite dropping the former Olympic silver medallist for almost 14 seconds in the sixth round.
Almost more frustrating was the failure to land a mooted Madison Square Garden dream fight with Salita last December after contractual hassles forced the Scot to walk away.
But tonight Limond believes will provide a pre-Christmas cracker.
He said: “I think it will be a cracking fight and although I believe that Salita will hurt Amir Khan, and possibly even drop him, I think Khan will come out on top.
“Although Amir has obviously improved his defensive boxing, offensively he is not the same fighter as he was before Bredis Prescott stopped him in one round.
“Freddie Roach has obviously worked very well to make Amir far harder to catch cleanly on the jaw than he was before, but that does not take the fact away that he has a poor chin.
“Nor does it remove the fact that he is very likely to get caught at some point in that area.
“When that occurs, it’s what happens next that will decide how the fight goes.”
Limond added: “But for that to happen Salita is going to have to get inside his jab and also get past possibly the fastest hands in the game right now.
“From that point of view it is going to be very tough for Dimitriy and it will be the damage he sustains, and how he handles it on the way in, that will decide whether he can really get to Amir and hurt him.”