If you are a true Brit you will support Amir Khan!
Once again, a slice of real talk for you over here at Wingy Towers. Sit your selves down, make sure you haven’t ruined your appetite because this food for thought I’m gonna serve your asses is the equivalent of 20lbs worth of rare fooking rump steak. A lot to digest yo.
First of all I feel it has to be said, when Amir Khan really seriously started crying over his loss to Lamont Peterson, I come down on him probably the hardest in the entire YouTube Boxing Community. I am a proud man and i like my fighters to go out like warriors. No crying, weeping or excuses. It is alien to my actual nature to entertain this kind of behaviour. It is somewhat offensive to me. No handbags being brought into the ring; go out like men. Lose like a champion.
We pay good money to see these fighters display supernatural levels of heart and courage; the type of cojones we could only dream of. I don’t like excuses. When David Haye busted out his little tootsie and wiggled it for the cameras after heavyweight ruler Wladimir Klitschko took him to school I was so embarrassed I could have died on the spot.
So when Amir kept bleating on about the mystery man in the hat, who turned out not to be so mysterious after all. Then complained about the Referee who deducted a point for him pushing, despite him being warned close to two million times for the shoving and Amir did get away with a lot of Wladimir Klitschko style neck pressure business. Then complaining about the damn score cards being lost or corrupted or slightly creased at the edges or whatever else, I had to shake my head in disapproval of his constant crowing. Blood, seriously. Let it go my brethren.
However, we discovered Lamont Peterson had been popping the power pellets like Peanut M&M’s, after that? sh*t changed. We had to consume a modest but still large and dry enough to be difficult to swallow slice of humble pie; we had to let Amir enjoy the satisfaction of knowing, that in a round about way, he was right all along. There’s an element of British Boxing fans who felt a little bit sick in their mouth when Petersons win actually looked questionable due to PEDerson’s pellet predicament. “Can’t the man have just beaten Khan and be done with it?”
This certain section of Boxing fans sitting in the ‘Hater’ seats all got metaphorical erections Saturday night as King Khan got sparked out. Squashed. KO’d by Philadelphia underdog Danny Garcia whose record is now 24 Wins 15 Knockouts No losses. It all started with an iron handed left hook to Khans neck area which dropped the brother cold. It was a shot team Garcia had obviously been working on, to dismiss the shot as lucky is silly talk.
Let’s be fair, Garcia landed a very similar punch with 1:58 left on the clock in the first round, it just wasn’t as clean but the warning signs were there. Khan was in the middle of throwing shots, Garcia was in the middle of throwing shots. Garcia landed first with that left, some mischievous gremlins inside Khans head flicked off the light switch for a bit and bang! In the darkness Khan walked into a wall and ended up Literally horizontal on his backside.
The second that left hook from Hell itself struck Khan, while watching the fight at home I was pushed back in my seat with immense force. I flew back through a kaleidoscope like time tunnel all within a few seconds. Along the walls of this bright tube as I rushed back through the time field I saw images of Khans previous fights. That infamous tenth round against Maidana. His awesome first round electric KO of Dmitriy Salita within seconds. Man, I was taken all the way back to Khans Prescott loss. Flat on his back, that infamous eerie female screach from the crowd that goes hand in hand with seeing that wobbly unsteady Khan. Prescott had just flattened our hope.
Garcia has just done the same thing. Except this time, it wasn’t meant to happen god damn it!! Back then it was right; the Boxing gods had said so, be they Christian or Islamic. No matter, they had decreed that on the night of the 6th of September 2008 Khan needed that pasting at the hands of Prescott to grow. It was part of the divine plan then, it created a new Khan. But what now? Khan Version 3?
My video response to Khans loss is here:
So where are we now. Well to be honest we are simply at a place where long time Boxing fans have been before. Our favourite fighter stopped in shocking circumstances. We were almost in the same position a few weeks ago when Sheffield puncher Brook faced American Carson Jones and things kind of went a little bit, um not to plan but in reality this is nothing new, fighters lose. Except with Khan, we find it more of an insult as British Boxing fans that this guy has the audacity to lose.
This cocky Asian has the audacity to lose. Where’s the British spirit of encouragement? I sense quiet snickering, satisfaction and enjoyment at seeing one of our best fighters lose in such a devastating fashion, despite literally going out punching, with honour; it’s not like Khan quit on his stool or did an Ortiz against Maidana “i’m too young and pretty for this man” Nah, he went out fighting. So where is the outpouring of support for Amir. There is none. That doesn’t sound like the Great British attitude to me? What’s changed here.
We won’t accept the loss with a friendly consoling arm around his shoulder, as us Brits did for Ricky Hatton when he lost to Pacquiao or Mayweather. Or what about the kind warm hearted British manner which we all rallied around Darren Barker with when he got Knocked Out by middle weight king Sergio Martinez. We supported one of our own. How many people said it’s best Darren retire now? No one, the country supported him. Why not Khan? Because of his loss to Peterson before hand? That loss is now highly dubious and is probably best erased as a No Contest. So Khans first real loss in around four years and this is how the Great British public support one of their own?
We are known as the nation who embraces the loser, he who falls we pick back up and drag forward through the muddy battlefield. So why the out pouring of malicious hate and lip licking enjoyment of his knockout loss to Garcia amongst certain sections of the British Boxing fans.
I’ll tell you why. It’s because the successful Asian has been knocked off his perch. They say “he is too cocky” “he is too sure of himself” is a former two time champion not allowed a little confidence? I ask of you, must he bow his head? in a yes sir no sir type of shoe shining undignified display of humbleness? because a certain suspect collection of British Boxing fans feel uncomfortable seeing this good looking Asian boy with a gorgeous wife, Ferrari’s and world wide fame flaunt it in their faces?
Boxers by their very nature in my opinion should almost be expected to have a certain confidence be it real or not; they are going to physically fight another man to prove who is the better of the two, how well would a constant humble nature really serve a fighter. Stop! Don’t say Manny Pacquiao, his humble ness I think is mostly for the cameras, he is trying to be a congressman remember. Outside of that, this brother was drinking, banging broads left right and centre while married. How humble was he really? Why should he be? It’s not a crime to be proud of your talents or yourself as a person.
“Hey! us British loved Frank Bruno” i hear someone in the back there crying, so it’s not a race thing. I see you jumping up and down back there. Yes they did, but Frank was willing to conform, to behave. He was a little easier to stomach. Certain types would call him a good boy, well behaved for a Black man. Knew his place etc. To be fair Khan doesn’t really give a sh*t about conforming. He is your typical young British Asian lad, proud of his Muslim heritage if perhaps not as overly concerned with it like a Naseem Hamed. He is confident, cool and a little mouthy. Good on him.
So the berks who call for Amir Khan to retire do so for one of two reasons, they feel uncomfortable with the thought of watching an Asian two time world champion, Millionaire and Icon to a lot of young people carry on headlining fights as Richard Schaefer CEO of Golden Boy who promote Khan said he would. No under card business for Khan just yet baby. How does this make these closet racists feel? Sick is the answer lol This is the first reason they call for him to retire. It is quite simply a combination of jealousy and racism. Not from all the British fans I will add of course, but I feel it’s the majority.
This isn’t solely white fans either naturally, quite obviously. There are anti Muslim types of all races. Just Britain is obviously majority white, this is just statistical fact. So the Majority of hate sadly would be from the white British Boxing fans. But again not all, important we are clear on that. I speak to many white Khan fans daily who support him with the same passionate intensity as any Asian or Muslim fan would. So this isn’t so much a finger pointing exercise, more an interesting observation of the undercurrent of racism that still flows within British society, I don’t like it. This country allows me to have the right to speak out on it and that’s what i’m doing here.
Ok and the second reason anyone would say Amir Khan should retire is probably because they don’t really know Boxing. They are perhaps new to the sport? Which isn’t a crime, it just suggests they don’t actually understand the way champions and fighters are formed and they can’t compute that when facing the best, you might just lose one or two on the way. Not everyone is frickin’ Floyd Mayweather Philly shelling it all over the place, unbeaten with the ever glowing beaming ‘0’ on their records. So chill out, this is a tough as nails sport. The toughest sport there is, is it really such an unforgivable Abomination if along the way a fighter takes a few L’s. Smh. Chill people, really.
Khan is an exciting fighter, he always has been. When you’re throwing punches at speed, actively looking for the knockout you are gonna take some licks in the ring man! The boys main issue is he see’s himself as a one punch power hitter who can sit on the inside and mix it up when in reality he is a speedy in and out machine gunner. Peppering and confusing opponents with fast hands and a snappy lightning quick pounding Jab, and getting the win in the same fashion he did against Malignaggi. All this staying on the inside planting his feet has to stop.
We saw in the video footage of him sparring for the Garcia fight he seemed to be getting walloped all over the place by a fighter who was yet to turn pro. Alarm bells rang loudly in my head when I saw that, there was even the suggestion he was looking this bad in sparring on purpose to elicit some kind of aggressive start from Garcia. No, he was just actually looking that bad in preparations. His sparring partner was walking down Khan with pressure, Khan with the cameras on him wanted to as usual show who’s that man.
I actually thought Khan would try and be an inside fighter on this occasion because I believe he was going to try and stand and trade toe to toe with Peterson, prove a point. Remember Garcia was actually a late replacement. It was meant to be Peterson in there. I thought Khan must be this confident on trying to take people on in slugging wars for a reason, i thought he must have had some kind of power we didn’t know of, but as more fights of his happen; as we see the story of Amir Khan being written before us I get to thinkin’ this brother needs to adopt an Alexander style of letting the fast hands bedazzle opponents; do some magic tricks with the hands in the ring; in out no need to stay inside for an age standing there chillin’, tryna have a conversation with the dude. Get in crisp shots and out. Of course not that easy for most Boxers, but for Khan with his physical gifts? It should be.
He has a jumbo sized pair of Asian nuts, these get him into more wars then he needs to be in. Maidana is a perfect example. He wanted to prove he could take the shots from the Argentinian power puncher. He stood he fought, he warred. Blood flew. Hearts pounded. It was close tense stuff but it is essentially the nature of Amir Khan why the hell should a fighter who provides this much excitement retire? Foolishness. Backhands should be dished out generously for those who suggest such tripe.
Khan will probably at some point move on from the teaching of his trainer Freddy Roach who has brought Khan along and polished him well but has also made the mistake it would seem of seeing Khan as some monstrous Lucas Matthysee type of power puncher. Shouting about we will take him out early. Easy knockout etc. Allow this talk roachy. Stop it. Get Khan on his toes and get him poppin the jab out. Khans combinations in the first few rounds of the Garcia fight were literally beautiful to behold. Actual pure class. Oscar De La Hoya era Manny Pacquiao type of frantic speed. Why would any fan of Boxing call for his retirement? Seriously, because of one loss? The Prescott loss we have all moved on from right? Wait you’re still back there? This was before Roach remember, get with the times.
It is a shame there is an unfair undercurrent of racism still toward Asians in this country Muslim Asians at that, this is why most in this country are calling for Amir Khans retirement. “Get the p**i off our screens” You can almost hear it. You yourself may not say it, but perhaps you have heard or know of or are friends with someone who has. It frustrates me Andy Murray can flop at the highest level, yet we are cheering from the rooftops for him like he won suttin’ Same with the English football team; losers but to this country, some kind of heroes.
Yet scour the comments sections of newspaper reports online of the Khan loss, look a little deeper than the grudging acceptance of Khan as a British Boxer and look at the forums, talk to a few Brits in a pub and you’ll discover, if you choose to acknowledge what you are hearing or not, that the simmering race hatred is still there bubbling like nasty sewage underneath a scummy thick surface.
Even when Khan had Olympic success the racists were still out in full, the digs. Khan will never have the crutch of the majority of the British public supporting him when he is recovering from defeat. If Khan looked a little different, I think the British support for him would be a little different also. I alluded to a similar thing for Floyd Mayweather in this article:
I believe simply crying about racism is pointless, we all have to take some kind of stand against it where it’s needed, this why i do my little piece here, and i believe more of Britain should do their bit by backing Khan. Who is BRITISH and we should be proud of him and support him in his time of need for flips sake.
Danny Garcias dad Angel Garcia’s racist and offensive goading of Amir was instantly forgiven because he blubbered some crocodile tears on a mini documentary for a build up to the fight. Yes the man has had some tough times in life, but so have a lot of people, they don’t use racist references when referring to Pakistani people.
How would the British public have responded if say Danny Garcia and British Boxing Legend Ricky Hatton were to fight and Garcia’s father said similar offensive terms but against white people and screamed anti British rhetoric at the press conferences. A Latino man, dissing Britain and the queen and the flag in the same way Angel Garcia dissed Khans nationality, god and heritage. Can you imagine the outrage? Khan is one of our own, why was Britain not outraged? Because most Brits don’t really see him as British, sad but true.
If Carl Froch lost his Bute fight by Knockout in the same fashion as Amir Khan lost to Garcia would we be saying Froch should quit the sport? “He is useless he should retire!” Or would the British media be backing him? Supporting him with a come on Froch type of attitude? Exactly. Unfair. It’s mostly race based and not acceptable in my opinion. As it goes i’m an enormous Froch Fan and think Khan should look up to him and not diss him. Froch is the best British Boxer we have doing it right now, proven tough and strong. However Khan also has performed at world level, silver medalist two time Champion. Faced the man everyone accused him of ducking Marcos Maidana and prevailed, just about, in a bloody war. Yet he has one bad loss and the British public seem to be calling for his retirement? Again why is this? I say most of it is due to race. Shame on them.
Amir Khans problem in the ring is that he has the head of an Arturo Gatti type of fighter within the body of a spindly cheetah like, fast punching on his toes Boxer. It’s this unusual mesh of what he would like to be (a one punch slugger) and what he actually should be (a speedy elusive points based fighter) which got Khan into trouble on the night of 14th of July against Garcia. Khan should do a Mayweather, just go in and get the win and get out. Cha-Ching Money in the bank. Ok that’s not quite as easy as I’m suggesting but I’m talking about chilling with the bruising tear ups now.
Three out of his last five fights have been wars. Two of which he lost (Peterson debatable) That’s a heavy load for such a young fighter. Nick those points now Khany Khan. The fans will still love you, the real fans. We have had our share of excitement and slugging in the trenches now. Let’s start Boxing Amir, using skills.
Garcia was the better man, stronger, cooler and more calm, he gets due praise from me in my post fight video, but this article isn’t about Garcia it’s about Amir Khan. Amir can return though, it’s those who fail to grasp that some of the best fighters have several losses on their record yet go forward to be in the eyes of some, greats and being spoke of in Hall of fame terms. Manny Pacquiao anyone?
I know for a fact there are British Pakistani’s who will now be against Khan. Many of them wanted him to do a brutal number on Danny Garcia to ease the stream of liquefied bull’s shit that flows from his fathers mouth with the ease of a tap fully opened. Angel Garcia offended a lot of Pakistani’s. July the 14th a certain Pakistani was going to shove a sock in that mans mouth. Amir quite blatantly failed in doing that, so even what some would class as ‘his own people’ will be against him. Even more reason for more support for our Bolton boy.
That chin of Amirs may or may not be an issue in future fights. It really depends on his style. If he utilises his natural gifts, great hand and foot speed we could see the third version of the Amir Khan machine being particularly effective. Devastatingly so. Super fast hands, super elusive, super smart and you know what, the knockouts will probably come once he fights more naturally.
Many need to appreciate Boxing is a journey. True Brits, those who embody the spirit of the country, embracing all races, loving the country for what it is should seriously be behind Amir on this journey. As much as I may moan about it at times, I love my country. Although for different reasons than perhaps the average Brit but as a so called Minority we don’t have it too bad here, I’m British so is Amir Khan, so can he just be accepted as such and be allowed to fight?
If he rebuilds from this and becomes the complete fighter i belive he can be, the band wagon would have left the closet racists long behind by then, then they’ll have a change of heart, they’ll chase the wagon. Waving a lonely Union Jack as it pulls away from them. Only those who stuck with Amir from the start allowed tickets for the ride.
When he get backs on top, if you are the sweaty faced type I refer to in this article. The so called Brits who fail to support? You are forbidden to celebrate and join in. You may stand in the cold while the rest of us bask in the warm rays of success that will beam from the boy enhanced by the glittering belts he will one day hold again. You’ll have to stand in the corner and watch. So chose now.
Come on Amir.
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