Diaz has already made his statement of intent claiming a knockout victory is his only chance of winning and it’s not easy to disagree. He will have to go on the front foot and try to slow down Khan by going to the body and draw Khan into standing and trading where he could land. Then it will be down to whether he possesses the one punch knockout power at the catch weight of 143lbs. Diaz won the IBF lightweight title twice and any world champion is definitely not to be underestimated.
Khan has got all the superior attributes to win the bout and in good style to match, dazzling speed and great boxing ability. He will be looking to excute in style and minimise all defensive vulnerabilities that have been exposed against the likes of Garcia such as his over eagerness to get in a tear up.
Critics will say Khan is being carefully matched against naturally lighter fighters but it may just be the right thing to do allowing him more time to practice and execute under the tutilage of new trainer Virgil Hunter before getting back in the ring with an elite level fighter in what is a stacked division.
A late stoppage for Khan could be on the cards similar to the Molina fight although Diaz is expected to bring more power than his fellow latino. A defeat for Khan would really put his career in doubt so he must be extremely professional and focused.
|Amir Khan||Julio Diaz|
Won: 27(KO 19)
Lost: 3 (KO 2)
Rounds boxed: 155
Won: 40 (KO 29)
Lost: 7(KO 5)
Rounds boxed: 280