Back in 2008, Amir Khan stepped into the ring in M.E.N. Arena in London to face Breidis Prescott. After one round, Khan was counted out after getting pounded by Prescott in front of about 20,000 hometown fans.
Khan, whose rise was meteoric after getting a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics, was revealed as a talented, but very flawed fighter with little defense and a questionable chin.
That was when he told his management that he wanted to train with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Calif.
Since that time, Khan has gotten better and better and better.
Last Saturday night was a demonstration of everything Roach has shown Khan over the last two years.
Amir completely dominated the game, but outmatched Paulie Malignaggi before putting the pride of Brooklyn out of his misery in the 11th round of their fight at Madison Square Garden—in Malignaggi's hometown.
A lot of people know that Roach is a top trainer on par with almost no one in the sport. But I really think that Khan may be his best pupil yet.
Fans of Manny Pacquiao are going to disagree with me. Pac-Man's rise is one of the most incredible stories in the history of boxing.
But Khan had much bigger flaws.
For all his unorthodox stylings and awkward looking punching style, Pacquiao had a solid stance when he showed up at the Wild Card.
Amir, on the other hand, literally pitched forward every time he threw a punch leaving him wide open to counter punching. Pitching forward like that is a suicide mission for any top fighter, but especially so for a fighter with a questionable chin like Khan.
Amir hasn't fought a truly great fighter at this point. It will also be very interesting to see what happens if and when Khan gets tagged by someone with a big punch.
It's too early to compare Khan to someone like stablemate Pacquiao. But at 23 years old, lightning quick hands, and big punch, Khan will most likely be one of the best fighters around throughout the next decade.
It will be interesting to see how much more the pupil can learn and how good Amir will get before everything is said and done.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!