Khan vs Diaz

Amir Khan Julio Diaz

Khan Diaz

The Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

27 April 2013, 19:00:00

27

Apr

A 12x3 Minute Round 143lbs Catchweight Contest

Post-fight analysis

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 scorecards.

Amir Khan v Julio Diaz

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 challenge.

Khan Diaz action

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 round.

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 counter.

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.

 

 

Pre-fight analysis

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 Julio Diaz.

Amir Khan V Carlos Molina

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.

Julio Diaz (R)Diaz (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 elite level.

Garcia V KhanGarcia (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.

Gary Sykes Jon Kays

Sykes Kays

27 April 2013, 19:00:00

The BBBofC English Super-Featherweight Championship

Gary Sykes dominates to secure first English title defence against Kays

It was a battle of the jabs as Gary Sykes staged a first defence of his BBBofC English Super-Featherweight title. The Dewsbury-based Sykes, who won the vacant English title against Kevin Hooper in March, put in an all-action performance as he defended the belt against a durable and tough John Kays.

Through his energy and workrate, Sykes was able to grind down the challenger Kays over the course of ten three minute rounds, who was forced to soak up a great number of body shots, particularly in the late stages.

It went to the scorecards after ten interesting rounds, where the reigning champion Gary Sykes' hand was raised with the cards reading 97-94, 98-94, 98-93.

Both fighters deserve credit for putting on an entertaining curtain raising bout on a big BoxNation night featuring Amir Khan and Martin Murray.

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