Ready For The World??

By Francis Walker, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: May 11, 2010

NEW YORK (BASN) — The wait has ended.

Amir Khan has arrived in New York City in defense of his WBA junior welterweight championship. Khan (22-1, 16 KOs), fighting for the first time in the U.S. battles Brooklyn favorite Paulie Malignaggi (27-3, 5 KOs) Saturday in the main event of a HBO “Boxing After Dark” telecast live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET.

Khan with Freddie Roach (right)

Khan with Freddie Roach (right)

The bout will be Khan’s first professional fight outside of the United Kingdom, though he has trained here in the United States for quite sometime under the popular Freddie Roach.

Needless to say, Khan is very excited about the fight.

“I can’t wait to get to New York to finish up my training, get in the ring next Saturday and teach Paulie Malignaggi a lesson,” Khan said in the days leading up to his U.S. in-ring debut.

“He’s been running his mouth for a while now and was probably hoping I wouldn’t get into New York. Well, Paulie, I’m on my way and you’re going to be my next knockout victim on May 15.”

Khan, the 23 year-old Englishman is the real deal. Khan can be very flashy, but is highly regarded for his boxer-puncher style. In 2009, Khan perhaps ended the career of Marco Antonio Barrera by busting him up numerous lacerations across his face through five rounds.

Khan also won the WBA 140-pound title following a decision win against Andrei Kotelink before obliterating Dimitry Salita. Against Salita, Khan scored three knockdowns inside 80 seconds of a first-round stoppage for his first successful defense of the WBA crown in December 2009.

Khan has been on a tear since suffering the only loss of his career – a stunning first-round TKO defeat to Breidis Prescott in September 2008. Khan simply got caught and was stretched out on the canvas.

There were plenty of people that felt as though Khan’s career was over. However, in boxing, a string of victories can lead to a promising comeback.

4-0 since the loss, Khan is on the verge of superstardom once again. Khan can be a huge attraction in the U.S. market should be defeat a prime junior welterweight with a name.

Paulie Malignaggi is a prime junior welterweight with a name. He’s a popular figure in New York and can generate a lot of interest with his style. He is more than durable.

Maliganaggi is a former IBF champion and has lost each time he has stepped up against elite opposition. Namely: Miguel Cotto and Ricky Hatton.

In 2009, Malignaggi has two epic fights with former unified lightweight titlist Juan Diaz.

Malignaggi dropped a controversial decision in Diaz’ hometown of Houston, TX last summer, but avenged the defeat with a 12-round points win during a rematch in Chicago.

Malignaggi will be in tip-top shape and ready to go against Khan, who maybe a little too explosive for Malignaggi.

The co-featured attraction promises to be an entertaining showdown between rising junior welterweight prospect Victor Ortiz (26-2-1, 21 KOs) vs. former unified WBA/WBO and IBF lightweight champion, Nate Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs).

Tickets, priced at $555.00, $355.00, $255.00, $125.00 and $65.00, are on sale now and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office, through Ticketmaster charge by phone and online at www.thegarden.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

NOTE: Photo credits: Jeff Fusco (Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions).