Khan retains title with TKO win after 76 seconds
Amir Khan retained his WBA light-welterweight title in stunning
fashion Saturday, knocking down unbeaten American challenger
Dmitriy Salita three times before the fight was stopped after only
Khan (22-1, 16 KOs) put Salita on the canvas after barely 10
seconds at Metro Radio Arena. Khan then hurt him with a left,
forcing another count, and followed up with a lightning-quick
combination to send the New York-based fighter down on one
Salita (31-1-1) got up but was unsteady on the ropes, and the
referee stopped the bout to give Khan his first defense of a title
he won by beating Andreas Kotelnik of Ukraine in July.
Few gave Salita much of a shot against Khan, who is considered
one of the most talented up-and-coming fighters at 64 kilograms
(140 pounds) in the world.
“It was very explosive,” said Khan, who won silver for Britain
at the 2004 Athens Olympics. “We had too much power for this guy.
I’m a growing young man and developing as a man. After the first
shot, I could see his legs buckling and I just had to take my time.
I knew he was going.”
Khan praised trainer Freddie Roach for turning around his career
since losing in 54 seconds to Breidis Prescott of Colombia in
“It was a blessing in disguise, what happened against Prescott.
I got beat and came back stronger,” Khan said. “I’m getting
stronger and quicker. Freddie said to take it easy, pick the right
shots and you’ll take this guy out – and we did.
“Freddie is a great trainer, he’s like a father figure to me,
and to have him in my corner means a lot. Everyone knows I’m a
hardworking fighter, and if you put the hard work in you’re going
to get the benefits.”