Is WBC Silver Champion Amir Khan A Welterweight Lennox Lewis?
Great Britain's Amir Khan won a unanimous points victory against American Devon Alexander in Las Vegas last month (13 December 2014), but his outstanding performance is unlikely to win him his long awaited showdown with Floyd "Money" Mayweather.
The 28-year old, billed as "King Khan", became the youngest British Olympic boxing medallist at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, winning the silver medal at the age of just 17. After a shaky start as a professional, getting knocked out by Breidis Prescott in his his first fight on pay-per-view in 2006, Khan went on to unify the WBA and IBF Light Welterweight titles. However, his career as a big fight headliner was once again put in jeopardy by consecutive defeats to Lamont Peterson in 2011 (controversially) and Danny García in 2012.
The reigning "Silver" WBC World Champion, Khan has since put on impressive performances in his last four fights, winning three by unanimous decision and one by TKO. In spite of his abilities in the ring, however, most American boxing fans would still rather see Mayweather fight Manny Pacquiao instead of Khan next. Parallels could be made with former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, who like Khan was an Olympic medallist.
Lennox Lewis turned professional after beating future undisputed heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe in the final of the 1989 Olympics. After winning the WBC title because Bowe wouldn't fight Lewis again, the British born fighter was knocked out twice; once by Oliver McCall in 1994 and again by underdog Hasim Rahman in 2001. Despite avenging both these defeats in the ring, it wasn't until Lewis finally knocked out Mike Tyson in their Memphis showdown in 2002 that American fans finally recognised Lewis as the best heavyweight of his era. Like Lennox Lewis against Tyson, it seems that Khan will have to wait for Mayweather to be past his peak in the ring before he may get the opportunity he feels he has earned.
Amir Khan Knocked out in 30 seconds v Breidis Prescott Full Fight ko knockout
Lennox Lewis - 2 KO Defeats
While there are similarities between the careers of the two British fighters however, Khan has not avenged any of his loses in the ring. Although his second loss was controversial, losing on a split decision after the deduction of two points by the referee in his Washington, D.C bout with Lamont Peterson. Lennox Lewis in contrast avenged both his defeats, although his second fight with Oliver McCall was controversial.