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Khan v Barrera as it happened


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By Nabil Hassan

2345: Well, what a night. Thanks so much for your contributions. Hope you enjoyed the fight. Bye for now.

2341: Don King is claiming that the "head butt" from Khan in the first round is what cost Barrera the fight, but even before that Khan had Barrera rattled. I still think Khan would have done the job, perhaps the fight would have gone on a bit later though. Oh and replays show that the "head butt" was an accidental clash of heads.

2340: "I would like to see Amir Khan fighting for a world title this year. I'm hoping to get it done."
Khan's promoter Frank Warren on BBC Radio 5 live

2335: "I felt so comfortable and confident in there. I felt like I was on a different level to Barrera. I answered my critics with that performance."
Amir Khan on BBC Radio 5 live

2333: Khan's certainly answered some critics with that performance. It was a dangerous fight for him to take but from the first bell he looked unbeatable. His accuracy, hand speed and footwork was too much for Barrera, but the maturity of Khan was the most impressive feature of his performance.

2330: It's an academic process as Khan is awarded the fight by all three judges. A superb victory for the Bolton fighter.

Round five: It's all Khan, who has too much speed and energy for Barrera. It's got to be said that Khan's defence has been superb. Once again the ringside doctor is asked to take a look at Barrera's cut and it's all over. Barrera is deemed in no position to carry on boxing so the fight goes to the scorecards.

Round four: Khan continues his relentless barrage of shots. The round is stopped temporarily as the ringside doctor is asked to take a look at Barrera's cut. Barrera is allowed to fight on and Khan goes in search of a stoppage. The bell rings and Barrera returns to his stool a broken man.

Round three: The referee takes a long look at Barrera in between rounds. The cut is a bad one and it's impairing his ability to see Khan's shots. It's all Khan in the third round and he looks hungry and composed. Khan rattles Barrera with a five-punch combination. The round ends and Barrera's face is covered in blood.

Round two: Khan starts the second as he ended the first, attacking Barrera with some lethal shots. Blood is pouring down the left cheek of Barrera, who has nothing in response to Khan's barrage of punches. It's a fine start from Khan, who takes a left hook towards the end of the round. Still, he lands the cleaner shots in the round. Khan is also cut, it would appear, from that clash of heads in the first.

Round one: Khan makes the better start, catching Barrera with some accurate combinations. His reach advantage and hand speed trouble the Mexican, who is clearly rattled. A fine right hook from Khan catches Barrera whose legs wobble. A clash of heads soon after cuts Barrera. The bell can't come soon enough for Barrera, who ends the fight in the ropes. What a start from Khan.

2305: Jimmy Lennon Jnr introduces both fighters to the crowd. It's almost show time.

2303: Khan is second to enter the ring. It's a mixed reception for Khan, who is dressed in a red dressing gown. He looks a bit like Father Christmas.

2300: Here comes Barrera flanked by Don King, sounds like there's a decent contingent of Mexicans in the MEN Arena tonight. He looks relaxed as he enters the ring, but what else would you expect?

2258: Not long to go now. Both fighters are ready to enter the arena.

2253: A lot of the pre-fight talk has been about Khan's ability to take a shot. It'll be interesting to see what happens the first time he gets caught by Barrera. Only then will we know if he can win tonight.

For what it's worth, I'm going for a Khan victory. I'm backing his speed and energy to come out on top against Barrera's ring craft and experience.

2250: "I trained hard, was nice an fresh but I think my lack of sparring told. Take nothing away from Afolabi I took him too lightly and I got beat."
Welsh cruiserweight Enzo Maccarinelli

2245: Heartbreak for Maccarinelli, who is beaten for the third time in his career. You could see it coming, with the Welshman looking out on his feet in the later rounds. He was caught and knocked out by a sweet right hook by Afolabi.

2243: Enzo Maccarinelli has just been knocked out in the ninth round.

2242: Just seen shots of Khan having his hands taped ahead of the fight. He looks calm and focused and ready to go to work.

2240: What time does it look like the big fight will start at? Khan in six!
Davymoncs, Edinburgh via text on 81111

Davymoncs, the fight was due to start at 2300 GMT, but we're running behind schedule. It'll be on after the Maccarinelli fight so about 30 minutes I reckon.

2233: Having followed Barrera for many years after his victory over Prince Naseem, I fear the worst for Khan tonight. This could make or break his career.
Adam, London via text on 81111

2230: Khan faces the toughest test of his fledging career coming up against veteran 35-year-old Barrera.

Just to give you an idea of the challenge awaiting Khan, he's coming up against a fighter who has fought 72 times and has lost on just six occasions. Oh, and he's also knocked 43 people out.

Khan has just 20 fights to his name with 15 ko's and one defeat - to Breidis Prescott in September 2008.

2226: Currently fighting on the undercard is Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli who is being given a tough time by American-based Londoner Ola Afolabi.

Afolabi almost had Maccarinelli down in the third round before the Welshman was saved by the bell.

2224: To fill you in on what has happened already this evening in Manchester both Bradley Pryce and Nicky Cook have lost their titles.

Pryce was knocked out in two rounds by Matthew Hall to surrender his Commonwealth light-middleweight title while Cook lost his WBO super-featherweight title to Roman Martinez inside four rounds.

2220: Just to introduce you to the rest of the team. Ben Dirs is ringside and will be bringing you all the post fight analysis while BBC Radio 5 Live's commentary team for the bout will be Mike Costello and Spencer Oliver.

2215: Good evening fight fans, I hope you're settled for what is set to be a cracking fight between Britain's Amir Khan and Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera.

The fight is set to get under way in the next hour or so and I'll be keep you updated of all the action from the lightweight contest in Manchester.

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see also
Can Barrera turn back time?
16 Jan 09 |  Boxing
Khan knocked out in first round
06 Sep 08 |  Boxing

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