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BOXING: Wrath of Khan too much for Williams.


THERE were no surprises at the Liverpool Olympia as Amir Khan made light work of his North West Senior ABA final against Steve Williams.

The Olympic silver medal list got back to doing what he does best and put on a superb exhibition of boxing to see off the Wirral fighter inside three rounds.

Just 12 days ago it was a different story for Khan who had to pick himself up off the canvas at the regional semifinal stage, before claiming a 21-9 points decision over Manchester's Craig Watson.

That performance had led to some criticism, but the way in which he handled Williams last night proved otherwise. This is not to take anything away from the Avalon ABC boxer who did all he could to try and unsettle Khan from the first bell.

But it was the Olympian's superior boxing skills that put paid to Williams's brave challenge.

To say Khan was back to his best would be over-stating things but he certainly looked sharper than he did at the Preston Guildhall.

It seemed he has learned his lesson. As Williams came out from the opening bell, Khan kept him at length to find his range.

Unlike against Watson, there were no dropped arms and he kept his chin tucked in. The rest was down to natural talent.

If Khan sticks to his boxing, there is no-one better at this level, as he proved with a range of shots coming off his left hand.

His superior speed and fleetness of foot was too much for Williams, who was beaten at a stage earlier than this last year.

A 7-1 lead going into the second round was always going to be difficult for Williams to pull back and so the local lad went looking for a brawl.

Undeterred Khan stuck to his task and kept his opponent at bay and by the end of the second, the margin had increased to 16-2.

It took just six more shots for the Bury ABC star to take the decision on the 20 points outclassed rule.

Afterwards a delighted Khan said: ``I learnt from my mistakes last week and stuck to my boxing here and tried to fight like I did at the Olympics.

``People have criticised me for stepping up to lightwelterweight but I feel comfortable at this weight and think it is ideal for me.

``I have shown I can take a punch, and know now that in future that won't be a problem. ''

A dejected Williams still had room for a smile before praising Khan and admitting he had just been beaten by national champion in waiting. ``I didn't box to my best, but Amir was very fast, much faster than I expected and it was very difficult.

``I was beaten last year in the West Lancs semi-finals by John Watson, who went on to win the national title.

``I have now been in with both Watson and Amir, and I think that Khan will definitely win senior ABAs this year. There is no-one who can stop him. ''

p THE quarter-finals of the National Golden Gloves Schools Championships get underway in Liverpool this weekend.

With 27 bouts scheduled to take place at Childwall Community School, Queens Drive it will be an action-packed Saturday afternoon as the North West Counties take on the Home Counties in the quarter-finals.

Kirkby ABC's James Williams is looking to add to his 2004 Junior title but must first get past Connor Shinkwin of Bushey ABC.

Also in Class 3, down at 40kg, is Tower Hill's John Quigley who is the younger brother of big-hitting pro prospect and former amateur star Tony Quigley. John takes on Martin Collins of Berinsfield ABC.

Golden Gloves ABC pair Anthony Jevons and Anthony Fowler, plus Halewood's Joe McKevitt are also ones to watch as is Sal is -bury's Martin Tallon. Boxers weigh-in between 11 am --1pm. Boxing commences at 2pm.

FIGHTS INCLUDED CLASS 1 BOUTS: 30 kg and under Ciaran Jones (Croxteth ABC) WALKOVER, 32 kg andunder, Craig Johnson (Tower Hill ABC) WALKOVER, 34 kg and under Courtney Chadwick (Phoenix ABC) v TommyGrice (Stevenage ABC), 36 kg and under Stephen Taylor (Lowe House St Helens Town) WALKOVER, 38 kg and under Kieran Smith (Golden Gloves ABC) v Callum Andrews (Berinsfield ABC), 40 kg and under Connor O'Brien (Gemini ABC) v Richard Tyler (Berinsfield ABC), 42 kg and under Joe McKevitt (Halewood ABC) v Oliver Moody (Hailebury ABC), 44 kg and under, John Turner (Northside ABC) v Alfie Patrick (Cheshunt ABC), 46 kg and under Jake Smith (Tower Hill ABC) vs Jordon Docherty (Bushey ABC), 48 kg and under Dean Robertson (Northside ABC) WALKOVER, 50 kg and under Anthony Edwards (Kirkdale ABC) WALKOVER, 52 kg and under Dean Kelly (Kirkby ABC ) WALKOVER, 54 kg and under Kieran Fisher (West Wirral ABC) WALKOVER, 60 kg and under Tom Houghton (Wigan ABC) WALKOVER, CLASS 2 BOUTS, 34kg and under Anthony Jevons (Golden Gloves ABC) v Connor Brown (Berinsfield ABC), 36kg and under Kieran Simpson (St. Aloyouisis ABC) v Charlie Hoy (Cheshunt ABC).


Amir Khan makes light work of Steve Williams in last night's fight
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 19, 2005
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