Amir Khan Defends Title

12 May 2010

Amir Khan defends his WBA light-welterweight title in New York.

Pretty Green fan Amir Khan was awesome on his American debut stopping Paulie Malignaggi in the 11th round to defend his WBA light-welterweight title in New York.

After a couple of even first rounds, Khan dominated from the third round onwards using his left jab to break down Malignaggi's resistance.

Khan, 23, landed at will throughout and a desperate Malignaggi, 29, had little in the way of a response.

And in the penultimate round another Khan barrage saw the fight stopped.

The fight at Madison Square Garden started at a frenetic pace, which was unsurprising considering the bad blood between the two boxers.

New Yorker Malignaggi's war of words with Khan had seen a tense weigh-in descend into chaos as the two camps jostled on stage in a confrontation which saw some of the British fighter's fans try to join in and resulted in Malignaggi falling off the stage through a promotional hoarding. It took Khan until the 10th to make a breakthrough as he went in search of the finish as Malignaggi spent much of the round on his back foot as he his defence continued to fail him.

At the end of the round, the doctor took a look at Malignaggi and after a minor confusion he was permitted to fight on.

Malignaggi opened up in the 11th as he desperately went in search of a knockout but that was never likely and after yet another barrage from Khan the fight was stopped 85 seconds into the round.

It took Khan's professional record to 23-1 while for Malignaggi it was his fourth defeat in 31 fights and could signal the end of his career.

Congratulations from all at Pretty Green.