Khan takes a nervy UD after tough test from Diaz
Amir Khan was forced to dig
really deep to take a unanimous decision win over Julio Diaz. Khan
was downed in the fourth (below) and seriously troubled in the late
stages of the fight, but managed to use his speed and footwork to
impress the judges, taking the decision narrowly on all three
It was a curious fight where Khan dominated most of the rounds,
but showed old weakenesses that have haunted his career to date
when exposing his chin and taking hits on the counter. Khan looked
in real danger on several occasions, and none more so than when he
was sent to the canvas in the fourth round.
But he showed great heart and determination to get through to
the scorecards, particularly after the late rounds where he really
had to fend off an aggressive Diaz.
And the scorecards came back to hand Khan a win on his UK
homecoming, the cards coming back 114-113, 115-113, 115-112 all in
Khan's favour, who looks to continue his journey to a World title
Round by round coverage:
Khan looked sharp in the first round, using his lightning hand
speed to good effect and connecting with Diaz on a number of
occasions. The Mexican former Lightweight World Champion did get
through with one or two shots of his own, but it looked like a Khan
The Bolton fighter's speed was proving too much for Diaz in the
second as he got through too many times, boxing well at range. Diaz
did cause Khan some problems, but only with single punches and no
well-constructed combos. The home fighter once again showed his
tendency to try and fire back immediately after getting hit and
even the score, at times getting caught on the counter.
The fight settled into more of a rhythm in the third as the
feeling out stage of the fight ended. With Khan seemingly having
won the first two rounds, the third stanza looked even.
It was an explosive fourth round as the Mexican fighter dropped
Amir Khan to the canvas and really tested his stomach for the
battle. Khan recovered well and gained his feet to see out the
final minute of a blistering fourth round.
Khan continued his comeback in the fifth, and took a 10-9 to
show that he had the heart and the willing for the battle. The
former unified World Champ got back to basics, using his hand speed
and movement to work his way back into the fight.
He carried on performing in the following rounds, cutting Diaz
over the right eye and showcasing all of the skills he used on his
march to becoming a World Champion at light-welterweight. Khan
wobbled Diaz in the seventh for the first time, but left himself
open to the counter once again.
Into the eighth and the fight really started to turn into a war
as Diaz backed Khan into the ropes and the Bolton fighter
momentarily looked weak in the legs as Diaz started to open up. In
the following round, it was a similar story again as Khan dominated
the round, but looked susceptible to getting caught on the
The mood of the fight shifted in the tenth as Julio Diaz sprung
into action and really looked to force a stoppage. The Mexican,
based in America, applied himself well and once again Khan looked
like he might suffer a second knockdown. Diaz thrilled the crowd in
the 11th as he caused Khan all sorts of problems and it looked like
Khan could go at any moment.
The Motorpoint Arena reached fever pitch in the final round as
Diaz once again looked to have Khan in all sorts of problems. The
Bolton fighter made it to the final bell, but only just.
Amir Khan makes his BoxNation debut as he looks to rebuild
against Julio Diaz
BoxNation are delighted to bring Amir Khan to UK TV screens live
and exclusive as he takes on the former IBF Lightweight champion
The Bolton fighter (left) impressed in his last outing as he
forced seasoned campaigner Carlos Molina into tenth round
retirement, and now he looks to improve to 28 - 3 as he faces the
Mexican veteran Julio Diaz.
Diaz has a 40 - 7 - 1 record, which includes a spell as IBF
Lightweight Champion and attempts at the WBO and WBA Super World
titles. He has won by knockout on 29 occasions, and will look to
ask questions of Amir Khan's chin.
(R) lets go a right hand into Shawn Porter
Khan, meanwhile, will be looking to prove that he has the ability
to take a punch to silence the doubters after back-to-back losses
to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia cost him his World honours.
While the 26-year-old's loss against Peterson was steeped in
controversy - the American later failed a drugs test and Khan was
reinstated as WBA champ - the fourth round TKO he suffered against
Garcia showed that he has work to do to get back to the sport's
Garcia (L) had the best of
Khan in their July 2012 encounter
After beating Carlos Molina, that work continues with 12 rounds
against Julio Diaz, 33, at a 143lbs catchweight, which we'll bring
you live and exclusive on BoxNation from Sheffield's Motorpoint
Arena on April 27th.