Amir Khan


Young lions Ortiz & Khan
figure to beat the savvy vets

By Rizwaan Zahid
of The Boxing Amusement Park

Saturday night has two notable matchups for the talented 140-pound division. Up-and-coming 23-year-olds Victor Ortiz and Amir Khan will take on savvy, well-schooled veterans Nate Campbell and Paulie Malignaggi, respectively.
  Ortiz will be looking to impress against Campbell on the undercard, especially after his fight with Marcos Maidana, a fight in which he seemed to quit. It seems as if young Victor has learned from his mistake, realizing that although it was smart to quit and fight another day, its important for a boxer to act as if there is no other day. Campbell has only had one fight at 140, a no contest against Timothy Bradley. Although he's show no signs yet, Campbell may be on the downslide. Heís 38 and has only had two fights in two years. Inactivity has hurt him and heís coming off another long layoff (last fight: August 2008). This, I think, will be a fight of halves. Ortiz will start early and take control of the first half of the fight, with Campbell coming on in the second half. Expect a good, tough fight from Campbell, with Ortiz winning most of the early rounds to take home a close, hard-fought decision.
Most donít know who Amir Khan is. They know heís British and know he was laid out by Breidis Prescott at the end of 2008. Since then Khan has put together a couple of victories, but what has been impressive is how he has put them together. Under the guidance of Freddie Roach, Khan has evolved as a more measured and controlled fighter who picks his spots and knows when to attack. Roach has picked Khan to win in three rounds against Malignaggi. Personally, I doubt that. Although Malignaggi is not known for his power, he does have a lot of courage and heart and has shown those qualities in the past. What most in America donít realize though is just how quick Amir Khan is. Along with Pacquiao and Mayweather, itís safe to say he has one of the fastest set of hands in the game today. Khan has faced a few distractions in the past couple of weeks, but if he is able to put those aside, along with the pressure of fighting in America for the first time in the famous Madison Square Garden, expect him to outbox Malignaggi for a comfortable decision -- perhaps with a late stoppage.
As usual, the old rule applies. Malignaggi may only be 29 and Campbell is 38, however they are veterans. And you can never count out the veterans of this sport.


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Rizwaan Zahid

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Rizwaan Zahid is in his senior year at Carleton University in Ottawa, pursuing his Mass Communications degree, with the future aspirations of becoming a professional sports journalist.
Although relatively young, Rizwaan has shown his passion of writing the beautiful sport of boxing and has worked with Bragging Rights Corner, Boxing Banter, Diamond Boxing,
Fightfan.com, East Side Boxing as well as The Fight Network for over three years. With Fightfan.com, Rizwaan has been awarded the feature article of the month numerous times.
Over these past few years, Rizwaan has interviewed and conducted conferences with fighters and trainers such as Jeff Mayweather, Jermaine Taylor, Kelly Pavlik, Oscar De La Hoya, Roy Jones Jr., Jackie Kallen, Wayne McCullough, Manny Pacquaio, Wladimir Klitsckho and Emmanuel Steward.

Although boxing has been his main focus over the years, Rizwaan still has a strong passion for many other sports and has covered various sports in The Charlatan, Carleton University's newspaper.
Rizwaan has also worked with PHASE 1 Basketball, a camp based out of Toronto which is a showcase for the best basketball Canada has to offer on various levels, as well as the Out of Left Field blog which attracts numerous readers daily.

Rizwaan Zahid hopes to continue his efforts in journalism in the world of sports.
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