Amir Khan Is Super Fast, Paul McCloskey Is an Idiot

Amir Khan beat Paul McCloskey Saturday in Manchester, England in a “controversial” finish. Khan was smothering McCloskey for six rounds when the two butted heads, opening a cut over McCloskey’s eye. The ringside doctor came into examine the eye and ended up stopping the fight after asking how Paul was doing. Khan said in his post-fight interview that he heard McCloskey say he didn’t want to continue. McCloskey bitched in his interview that the fight was stopped when he wanted to keep going. Believe whomever you want in the situation because it’s really irrelevant; the fight would have ended the same way with a one-sided beatdown.

Amir Khan was simply too fast for McCloskey. He threw punches rapidly, displayed excellent handspeed, and had quick feet. McCloskey meanwhile was showboating in the ring, holding his hands down as if he were Roy Jones Jr. in ’95. McCloskey was trying to entertain the crowd and show how slick and cool he was, but he only ended up with a reddened face from the beating he received. Honestly, I cannot believe how stupid this guy was and how poor his gameplan was. Check that, he didn’t have a gameplan. That just makes him even dumber. The fool literally stepped into the ring with a much better and faster opponent, and challenged him to give him his best shot.

I ask you this question: do hyenas run into the lions den to taunt the king of the jungle? Not if they value their life, just like McCloskey didn’t value his win-loss record. And as Amir Khan said after the fight, there’s world class and European class. Khan is world class, McCloskey is not.

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  • Anonymous

    May I just ask, if Khan was “so fast”, why did most of his shots miss the target? I think anyone who has stepped into the ring knows the answer to this one – McCloskey’s footwork and head movement was equal to it. McCloskey dominated the centre of the ring and I would copy that technique if I was Khan’s next opponent. In some ways he looked slightly “basic” and he may pay the price in the future if he hasn’t learnt anything from this fight. Perhaps Khan ought to spar more often against unusual technical boxers, as his technical work on accuracy was poor on this occasion, before taking on his next fighter. Let’s be fair, McCloskey was down on the score cards quite heavily by the sixth round but Khan was slowing down having burnt out a lot of cardio in the early rounds trying to hurt McCloskey, which didn’t really seem to be pushing him back. McCloskey is not a massive knockout artist but he is undefeated, quick and hard to hit with his decent footwork and head movements. Let’s not forget the shots he landed on Khan too, which could have finished the fight if one of his uppercuts hit the chin, more importantly the fact that this bout was for a world title. I have never seen the doctor come into the ring mid-round and stop an amateur bout in that manner let alone a professional title fight. His decision was soft and naive in my view and it has slightly embarrassed boxing as a sport. Boxers have won harder fights than this one with worse cuts – poor show from the doc tor and unfair on the fans and both fighters. Anything can happen in boxing, just ask Khan about Prescott. Leaving the fight until the cut developed further, stopping the fighter’s ability to maintain a reasonable defence, letting the cut man take a look at the wound at the end of round six or his corner throwing the towel in would have been the correct way to finish this fight. Shame. Ah well, Khan is an American fighter, who happened to be born in the UK now anyway. I recon he should change his shorts.

  • Anonymous

    Just to support my previous comment, check out the picture of Khan and McCloskey at the top of this page. That is a photograph of a “super fast” boxer missing his opponent with a left jab, technically his fastest punch. Hmmmm