Manchester boxing on the rise as Amir Khan and Tyson Fury both fight to victory

By Charlotte Duncker, Senior Sport Correspondent

Bolton boxer, Amir Khan, comfortably defeated  Zab Judah on Saturday night in Las Vegas to claim the IBF welterweight title giving him the WBA and IBF light-welterweight double.

Khan stopped the multiple world champion Judah in the fifth round with a punch to the midriff which Judah deemed to be below the belt.

Referee Vic Drakulich counted Judah out and when he failed to get up victory was handed to Khan but Judah has come out after the fight claiming that Khan’s uppercut to his midriff was a low blow.

Khan said: “I don’t think it was a low blow. It was a clean shot and the referee was there.”

Having dominated this fight the possibility of Khan facing Floyd Mayweather Jr is being widely talked about.

Now Khan has dominated his current weight his trainer wants him to move up to the next weight so that he can fight Mayweather Jr on a level footing hoping that Khan can become the pound-for-pound champion.

The fight which could happen in the UK next year is already being debated as one of the biggest sporting events in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics.

Another Manchester based boxer also impressed on Saturday night, Tyson Fury beat Derek Chisora on points after 12 brutal rounds at Wembley arena.

The 22-year-old outclassed Chisora to become the new British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion.

Following his impressive victory talks of a fight with Wladimir Klitschko have been circulating and this is something which Fury has not dismissed.

He told talksport he was ready to fight the world champion. He said: “As soon as it makes sense commercially then his fight is going to happen.”


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