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Maidana never hurt me - Khan

ESPN staff
December 14, 2010

Amir Khan claims he was always in control of his fight against Marcos Maidana, and insists the big-hitting Argentine never hurt him.

Khan successfully defended his WBA light-welterweight title unanimous victory in Las Vegas, with the judges scoring the fight 114-111, 114-111, 113-112.

Although Khan dominated much of the fight, he survived a Maidana onslaught in the tenth, and Khan's trainer Freddie Roach admitted he considered throwing in the towel.

But Khan has since watched the fight on replay, and believes the scores were closer than he would have expected.

"I watched it twice - the judges had it a lot closer than it should have been," Khan said in the Daily Telegraph. "When I saw the fight I thought I won convincingly. He was hitting me with a lot of shots on my defence. I was landing the cleaner shots on him."

Khan was rocked by a huge Maidana shot in the tenth, and emerged from the fight with a bruised and swollen nose, but he insists the blow did not hurt.

"He hit me with his best shot and it didn't hurt me. When he caught me with that shot in the 10th, I knew exactly where I was," Khan said. "At no point was I gone. I was under pressure, I was hurt at times, he hit me on the back of the head a lot and I have a few marks there, but I came back and showed heart."

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