Sunday, 08 October 2017 14:16

Amir Khan: Comeback will draw excitement and concern

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Recently, Amir Khan, via Instagram, apologized for his lengthy absence and declared that he is ready for a ring return.

2017 has not been the best of years for Khan who suffered a scary knockout loss to Canelo Alvarez in May 2016 and hasn't fought since. Despite performing well early in that fight, Amir fell victim to Canelo's power.

This year, we saw a potential fight with former stablemate Manny Pacquiao fall through. Moreover, Khan's personal life has been quite a struggle as well. And as we all know, personal issues can either distract us from our work or drive us. It will be interesting to see which is the case for Khan.

Excitement

It will be good to see Amir Khan back in the squared circle. He is a very exciting fighter with some of the fastest hands I have ever seen.

He attacks with blistering combinations while using his fast feet to move in and out. Also, lending to his excitement, he is not the most defensively sound fighter. He leaves himself open quite often, many times to his detriment. However, when watching Khan fight you know someone is likely to get knocked out.

Sometimes his glass chin lets him down while at other times it creates a back and forth classic like Khan's 2010 war with Marcos Maidana. After having Maidana down in the 1st round, Khan was forced to survive an onslaught for the rest of the fight and was in trouble himself many times. The fight is a must-see. If we are getting that Amir Khan, I'm all for a ring return.

Concern

On the other hand, we have to be just a little concerned. Our last image of Khan was him lying on his back after that vicious Canelo right hand. Fans of Khan know that sight all too well.

Khan has also been knocked out by Danny Garcia and Breidis Prescott.

Khan's defensive shortcomings led him to leave Freddie Roach to train with Virgil Hunter. However, despite his subpar chin and defense, Khan is a warrior who is willing to go down swinging... But no amount of training can change how you are hardwired.

As a fan, I do not want to see Khan knocked out again as there could be health implications; Not to mention his personal struggles. Can he block all that out and focus on boxing again?

Overall, Khan knows himself and his body better than anyone else and it is his decision to box again. I, along with many others, will be watching intently hoping Khan can regain his former glory.

DeMarkus Jones

My name is DeMarkus Jones and I am an amatuer boxer, trained in MuayThai and a 3rd degree black belt in Karate. I am a combat sports enthusiast and historian residing in Houston, Texas. If I'm not watching boxing or reading about boxing, I am probably in the gym myself.