Any boxing fans amongst you will know that last weekend, after months of anticipation and theatrical press conferences that looked like performances straight out of WWE Raw, Amir Khan steamrolled Canadian welterweight Phil Lo Greco.
Yep, he battered that Canadian like your local chippy dealing with a couple of pieces of fresh cod. It wasn’t pretty; the fight only lasted around 40 seconds – quicker than it takes to tie your shoelace or say your morning prayer. Gutted for the people who paid to watch it. Even more gutted for anyone who momentarily checked their Instagram feed at the beginning of the fight.
It was pretty much game over immediately as 31-year-old Khan caught 33-year-old Lo Greco with a flurry of punches, starting at the 13-second point, including a swift right uppercut followed by a left jab and a punishing flush right hand which promptly put him on the canvas. When you’ve been dropped that quick, it’s probs only going to go one way.
And, yes, it did: Lo Greco got back up but unfortunately, for him, Khan got him on the ropes and unleashed a complete demolition job; a blisteringly devastating combo: left, right, left, right – goodnight! And that was that – a perfect comeback.
Here’s the full fight…
“I’m BACK” King Khan roared, after the ref had signaled the end of the fight, as his loyal flock of fans in the 9,000-capacity Echo Arena Liverpool joined in the celebrations. It was the first fight that the former light-welterweight world champion has fought since his knockout defeat by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in Las Vegas in 2016.
Of course, we also know that Khan packs a punch both inside and outside the ring; he’s as known for his global charity and community work (raising money for victims of natural disasters, promoting education and campaigning to end violence against women) as he is for his lightning-fast double jabs. Although, it must be noted that, he has also been known to steal people’s strawberries.
Khan now has his sights set firmly on fellow Brit Kell Brook. “I want to become a world champion again so I want to fight the top guys in the welterweight division,” he said after the fight. “I’m a 147lb fighter. I moved up to 150lb for this fight because I’ve not been in the ring for two years. That (Brook) fight I’m not rushing and I’m not running away from.
“I will fight Kell Brook and I will beat Kell Brook. I’m a better fighter and a stronger fighter. I’m not a fighter to run away.”
More on that story as it develops.
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