After Amir Khan's less than stellar performance against Julio Diaz on Saturday, it is clear he would be making a mistake moving to welterweight.
Though Khan won a unanimous decision, he was dropped in the fourth round and staggered several times in the fight.
This fight took place at a 143-pound catchweight to allow Diaz—a natural welterweight—to meet Khan between the two weight classes. Khan has talked about chasing major fights at 147 pounds, but he has consistently been rocked by fighters at 140.
Khan is having enough problems staying conscious against 140-pound fighters; he doesn't have the durability to move up in weight class.
Imagine what would happen if Khan were in the ring with Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez or even a fighter like Victor Ortiz.
He'd be knocked out by all three of those fighters.
Amir Khan's Achilles' Heels will always be his weak chin and suspect defense. Both deficiencies were again on display against Diaz. I don't think he'll ever conquer them entirely.
He is the perfect example of a fighter whose heart is far bigger and better than his chin. He did a better job maintaining his poise and holding on when he got hurt, but Diaz isn't as effective at finishing as other opponents will be.
In all honesty, with the number of times Diaz hurt Khan, he really should have stopped him. Part of the reason he didn't is because of Khan's resolve. The other factor was Diaz's lack of hand and foot speed.
Khan won't be so fortunate at welterweight.
I know there are huge paydays at welterweight, but the move would signal the end of Khan's career if he makes the jump.
It is better to be one of the biggest fish in a pond than to be eaten by sharks in the ocean.
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