This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Khan Vs. Vargas fight at the Birmingham Arena, along with my friends Manny & Andre.
After finding out I was 5 years all clear, Sky Sports invited me to attend the show and once again provided us with ringside seats to witness all of the action!
The undercard, although by the looks of it was nothing spectacular, actually hosted some brilliant bouts, including a good few wars and one shocking defeat in particular, where Sam Eggington was stopped by his Tanzanian opponent.
Amongst all of the action, I ended up seeing “my mate Carl” Froch again after we first met back in 2013. We had a brief chat and spoke about the boxing, my health and what he’s doing now after retiring from the sport!
(Believe it or not, he didn’t talk about that time he knocked out George Groves at Wembley, in front of 80,000 people ;-])
Although the show started off very quietly, with very few spectators in the stands, it soon began to fill up and the atmosphere began to intensify.
The stadium must’ve held approximately 10,000 fans, but it felt more like 20,000 when Khan stepped in the ring.
Amir “King” Khan
As divisive as Khan is and as conflicted people are about him, there is no denying that he has a massive fanbase and for good reason too…
Watching Khan in person was pretty special.
Despite being known as “chinny”, Khan weathered the storm after getting caught cleanly throughout the fight.
He also showed how well conditioned he was by doing the full 12 rounds at the fast pace he set.
Khan always looks fast on the TV, but in person, his speed is mesmerising and the combinations he throws are so fast that if you blink, you’d miss it!
Being ringside to witness a fighter like Khan, is definitely an experience that I’ll always remember.
Seeing fighters on TV is always great. However, seeing them in person just puts a fighters level and capability into perspective.
Does Khan Beat Brook?
No. Probably not!
As much as I love Khan for his exciting style and his blistering hand speed, his defence just doesn’t hold up – in my opinion – against a strong and powerful fighter like Kell Brook.
Khan was dropped and wobbled by Samuel Vargas and Brook is a step up in class in comparison.
Khan could be in with a chance of winning.
Although, I think it would take a massive change in his style to get the victory and I don’t think Khan can change now.
Why Khan Won’t Change…
I don’t think Khan will change because he’s always been of the same mindset.
Khan wants to entertain and excite the fans. That’s why he boxes the way that he does. It’s also the main reason why he gets hurt and often knocked down or out!
I think that Khan could beat Brook if he used his speed, movement and really tidied up his defence.
However, the Bolton man won’t do that, as it probably won’t make for a crowd pleasing fight.
He’d much rather go out there, all guns blazing and come up short if it means pleasing the fans and defining his legacy as a fan-favourite.
The Event as a Whole
Overall, this card was an excellent one.
With the shocking defeat for Eggington disappointing the fans, it was made up for by one of the best British title fights I’ve ever seen between Jason Welborn and Tommy Langford.
Alongside this, we got to see Lewis Ritson in action, as well as several other up and coming talents.
I even managed to get my mug out there on TV and Manny managed to sneak behind Eddie Hearn in an interview with Anthony Fowler which set us off in laughter.
It was a great experience to be ringside for an Amir Khan fight and it was even better to have been there with good friends, to celebrate being 5 years all-clear!
Many thanks to Adam Smith, Ed Robinson and all at Sky Sports for making this possible and allowing me to spectate from Ringside.
British Boxing Talk
Catch me on the British Boxing Talk podcast this week (episode released this Friday 14th September) where I will be talking about my experiences of being at the show.
I will also be talking about that “My Special Day” episode, from 5 years ago, where I got in the ring in front of 20,000+ boxing fans and witnessed one of the best fights in British Boxing history!