Originally written on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 9/2/14

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Amir Khan (2nd-L) is congratulated by hiscorner team after stopping Dmitriy Salita of the U.S. in the first round to retain his WBA Light Welterweight title on December 5, 2009 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)
Amir Khan survived a number of scares, including an early knockdown, to claim a unanimous decision victory over Julio Diaz in Sheffield. In just his second outing under new trainer Virgil Hunter, Khan showed real grit and determination to win the fight 114-113, 115-113 and 115-112 in what was a thoroughly enthralling affair. Credit: Tom Casino / Showtime Although Khan will have been happy to come through a bout which ended up being much tougher than originally expected, on the evidence of last night he still has a lot of work to do if he wishes to regain his world title. Of particular concern was his ongoing susceptibility to the left hook, with the shot putting him down in the 4th and visibly shaking him in the 10th and 11th. It was Khan who started the fight the brightest controlling the opening rounds, using his speed and precision to tag Diaz with relative ease. On the showing of the first 3 rounds it looked like Khan might be set for an easy night's work, with Diaz failing to...
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