Boxing: French man looses in 55 seconds

19th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, Feb 17, 2007 (AFP) - Amir Khan blew away Frenchman Mohammed Medjadji after just 55 seconds at Wembley Arena on Saturday and then insisted the quickfire demolition was proof he could be world champion by the age of 21.

LONDON, Feb 17, 2007 (AFP) - Amir Khan blew away Frenchman Mohammed Medjadji after just 55 seconds at Wembley Arena on Saturday and then insisted the quickfire demolition was proof he could be world champion by the age of 21.

Khan, 20, extended his unbeaten record to 11 wins without breaking sweat after storming to his quickest professional win.

It was Khan's fourth first-round knock-out win, but none has come sooner and in such a chilling manner.

Medjadji was left staggering by what Khan later described as a short "six inch punch".

Britain's 2004 Olympic silver medallist landed a chopping right - his first power punch of the fight - which felled Medjadji.

The 30-year-old French fighter lasted six rounds with Khan's British rival Kevin Mitchell in December 2005, but Khan made a statement by doing it a lot sooner and in style.

Medjaji tried to beat the count, but when he got to his feet he stumbled around the ring and the referee quickly waved the contest over.

Unbeaten lightweight Khan had won his first title up at light-welterweight in his last fight, when he out-pointed another Frenchman Rachid Drilzane for the IBF Intercontinental title.

But Khan's immediate future is at lightweight and he gave up the title before Saturday's scheduled eight-round bout and he boldly claimed he will soon be ready for a world title shot.

"I'm a lightweight and I will fight anyone at lightweight in the world right now," he said.

"If I would have caught anyone with that punch, even someone like Kevin Mitchell, they would have gone. People say I'm not strong and I can't pull of a big shot but I proved a lot of people wrong with that punch. Anyone who takes that shot, they are gone.


"I'm going to be world champion by the age of 21 and be the youngest world champion Britain has had, and that shot showed it. 

"That was a six-inch punch and I was waiting, being patient, until I got the chance and when I saw it I took it. I have been working on that shot in the gym with Oliver Harrison, my trainer, and it worked for me tonight.

"I didn't go in there looking to knock him out in the first round, but when the chance came I took it. Not many people could have taken that punch."

Next up for Khan is a fight on Welshman Joe Calzaghe's world title bill at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on April 7, when he will get the chance to impress an American audience as TV network HBO will be screening the show.

Copyright AFP

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