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There’s an adage in boxing that says “You should never match your young undefeated prospect with a South American power puncher.” Amir Khan’s promoter (Frank Warren at the time) failed him and boxing logic miserably by matching him with the young Colombian Breidis Prescott.
At the time, Prescott was 19-0 with 17 knockouts. This was a fight with high risk and little reward on paper and it was even worse once they got in the ring. Prescott wobbled Khan with the first jab that landed cleanly. Again, he wobbled him with the first jab that landed. Can you ever remember that happening in a fight?
It wasn’t long after the jab before the undefeated Khan was knocked down onto the seat of his trunks, wondering where he placed his wits.
Much like Victor Ortiz continues to be defined by his knockout loss to Maidana. Many people still associate Khan with his knockout loss to Prescott and believe that Khan has the epitome of what could be considered a glass chin.
I suspect that Khan had probably been knocked down in sparring at least a few times but nothing opens your eyes more than being knocked out in front of thousands of people. He’s since won five fights in a row and he moved up in weight to 140 lbs where he picked up the WBA title and it appears like he’s put the loss behind him. One thing is for sure, he’s not going to leave his chin hanging out for Maidana to hit or he’ll end up like he did against Prescott.