Khan to silence the critics

Even my friends think I'll lose, admits Amir

Last updated: 5th March 2009  

Khan to silence the critics

Khan: fight of his life

I'm going to prove my own friends wrong, I'm going to prove the critics wrong, I am going to prove the whole world wrong and show that I am good fighter and beat Barrera.

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Amir Khan admits even his own friends expect him to lose to Marco Antonio Barrera.

The Bolton lightweight says he will have to prove everyone wrong when he goes in against the Mexican legend on March 14, live on Sky Box Office.

Khan's reputation was left in tatters by that stunning 54-second loss to Breidis Prescott last September, despite a comeback win over Oisin Fagan.

Barrera would not be many people's choice as a man to rebuild their repuation against, but speaking from Freddie Roach's Wildcard Gym in Hollywood, the 22-year-old is out to prove a point.

"It's a big fight for me, probably the biggest fight of my whole boxing career, so I am going to go in there and grab it with both hands," he told Sky Sports.

"I spoke to Freddie over the phone, I said 'Freddie what do you think? Do you think I should take this fight on?'. He said 'yes, take this fight on, I know how to beat the guy and I know you've got the tools to beat this guy'.

"I'm going to prove my own friends wrong, I'm going to prove the critics wrong, I am going to prove the whole world wrong and show that I am good fighter and beat Barrera."


Roach, rated by many as the best trainer in boxing, has already masterminded successes over Barrera with Manny Pacquiao.

He has enlisted the help of former world heavyweight champion Michael Moorer for the fight of Khan's life, but is as certain they can make it three.

Roach also believes that the loss to Prescott might just turn out to be the making of his man.

"That loss will probably be the best thing that ever happened to this kid," he said.

"It woke him up, everything was maybe to easy for him before that. He's become a fighter now - and he wants to be a better fighter, that's the key.

"His speed, his youth, his pace will be too much for Barrera at this moment."

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Ali Khanty says...

Tell the corner to remember the swabs, vaseline, water, the gumshield, Oh! and a bottle of Windolene for Khan's chin !!

Posted 16:07 4th March 2009

James Thomas says...

There is absolutely no way Khan will win this fight. Barrera is regarded as one of the best fighters of all time and 35 or not he will destroy Khan.

Posted 15:44 2nd March 2009

Marc Shaw says...

This lad has no chance against the likes of barrera, if barrera catches him with a clean solid punch, khan wil be in tatters on the canvas and won't be able to outbox barrera at all. In my opinion, it is the wrong time for khan to be taking on someone of barrera's class.

Posted 00:34 2nd March 2009

Lloyd Ledgister says...

Khan is taking on a very, very,very difficult fight. It is a big gamble to take & one I believe is to early for him, Khan will still have the defeat of Prescott still in his system, which will take along time to erode, he will be going into the fight knowing he is fighting a very established fighter who has been their, done it! & got the t-shirt. This fight could erode his confidence if he is beaten severley, from the moment the first bell sounds I believe he will still have the memories of prescott as he moves towards barrera. I cannot see it going more than 3 rounds.

Posted 22:23 1st March 2009

Saqib Rashid says...

Barrera is simply past his best.. People can big this up as a big win for Khan, but everybody who is involved in Boxing will know if Barrera was a few years younger, he'd have too much for Khan.. I hope Barrera wins as he is my favourite fighter of my generation, but I think youth may prevail..

Posted 22:04 1st March 2009

Ed Obasuyi says...

Amir Khan unlike many other boxers who came up the hard way has been so over pampered,the hype he had after the olympics was like no one has ever won it before.Can anyone remember a certain guy named "Fraudley" Audley Harrison?That's a guy who supposedly won gold and was treated like he was greater than joe louis,Mike Tyson,Lennox Lewis & mohammed Ali all combined but what became of him?The fact is where Amir Khan was supposed to be put against certain humble boxers like John Murray & Kevin Mitchel just to mention a few,he was fighting part-time boxers & mechanics to make him look awesome,he was made to believe he is already a star above those guys who came up the hard way.The simple fact is Khan will lose against Barerra no doubt & he will settle for fighting P.E teachers & part-time boxers to make him look like a terminator which he is not.The boy cannot simply fight.

Posted 19:02 1st March 2009

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