By: Kofi Owusu Aduonum
Amir Khan defended his WBA light-welterweight title with a unanimous points victory over Marcos Maidana in a thrilling fight in Las Vegas.
The Bolton fighter had his opponent down in the first with a brutal body shot after being rocked himself with two huge hooks from the Argentine.
Khan looked to have the fight under control but was wobbled in the 10th and was lucky to survive the round. But he rallied to win a 114-111, 114-111, 113-112 verdict.
In his five fights prior to facing Maidana, Khan had won the world title, beaten ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera and outclassed Paul Malignaggi, but had not fully shed the memory of losing inside a minute to Breidis Prescott inside a minute in September 2008.
In making his third defence, the 24-year-old proved that he is no longer a boxer with a suspect chin. He finished the fight with blood dripping from his nose after taking, and surviving a series of fierce shots and later admitted he had to dig deeper than at any point in his career.
And he had to be at his very best to edge an action-packed fight that will surely go down as one of the bouts of the year.