Witter: "I'd Knock Khan out In Three Rounds" - Boxing

Boxingnews24.com Nate Anderson22nd July, 2009

Former World Boxing Council (WBC) light welterweight champion Junior Witter (37-2-2, 22 KO's) sees a fight with Amir Khan as being an easy one for him, predicting that he'd stop the 22-year-old Khan in the 3rd round when and if they ever fight each other, according to The Sun.

Witter, 35, has a fight coming up next month against Devon Alexander (18-0, 11 KO's) for the vacant WBC light welterweight title on August 1st at the Agua Cliente Casino, in Rancho Mirage, California. Witter lost his WBC title in a close 12 round split decision loss to undefeated American Timothy Bradley last year in May. Witter very much wants a rematch with Bradley so that he can attempt to avenge his defeat.

After the loss to Bradley, many boxing fans wrote Witter off as finished in the sport, ignoring the fact that the fight was closely contested and might have had a different outcome had Witter not been knocked down in the 6th round by a right hand from Bradley. Since that defeat, Witter came back six months later to defeat Victor Hugo Castro by a 3rd round stoppage in November. And now will be fighting for the vacant WBC title against Alexander in August.

Witter doesn't see Khan as being the top fighter in the light welterweight division unless he can get by him first. Beyond the Alexander fight, Witter wants only Bradley and Khan. Witter has since given up on fighting Ricky Hatton, whom he attempted to get a fight with form years but was ignored by Hatton for some reason.

Witter has his doubts about Khan wanting to fight him, Like a lot of critics of Khan, Witter feels that Khan took the back door way to a title, choosing the easier option of fighting WBA light welterweight champion Andriy Kotelnik rather than the much tougher way to a title by facing WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley.

Witter was less than impressed by the Kotelnik fight, disappointed in Kotelnik's performance against Khan, saying that he wasn't doing enough punching to get the win. Witter doesn't see Khan as much of a puncher, and feels that Kotelnik is the better puncher.

Witter does give Khan some credit, pointing out that he was able to follow his trainer Freddie Roach's game plan in beating Kotelnik without veering off course. Witter feels that Hatton should hang up the boxing gloves and get out of the sport, but feels that Hatton will stick around and eventually fight Khan for the title.

Witter feels that Hatton would have a chance of knocking Khan out in the first portion of the fight, but if he came up empty after that, Hatton would end up losing by a 12 round decision. This isn't big news, because that view is echoed by a lot of people, who see Hatton's best chance of beating Khan would be if he could pressure him hard in the early going and hit him with some big before Khan gets warmed up in the fight.