Amir Khan Nips Marcos Maidana, Retains WBA Title
Amir Khan was tested in his third defense of his WBA light-welterweight title and his first fight in Las Vegas, but showed enough heart to carve out a close unanimous decision victory over Argentine knockout artist Marcos Maidana at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Saturday.
Khan dropped Maidana with a body combination 10 seconds before the end of the first round but the Argentine challenger was able to beat the count. Maidana shook off the effects of the knockdown and landed two strong punches that had Khan reeling early in the third round. Maidana, who packs a record of 29 wins and two losses with 27 KOs, was deducted a point in the fifth when he hit referee Joe Cortez with an elbow to the chest. Khan was hurt again in the 10th round as Maidana intensified his attacks, landing several power punches to the head and face of the defending champion.
Khan, who improved his record to 24-1 with 17 KOs, did just enough in the 11th and 12th rounds to take the decision with judges Jerry Roth and C.J. Ross scoring it 114-111 while judge Glenn Trowbridge saw it 113-112 for the defending champion.