Barrera Khan hang up his gloves with victory
Amir Khan is set for the fight of his young life as he steps into the ring with Prince Naseem's executioner, Marco Antonio Barrera.
The Frank Warren promoted super-fight is something of a coup for Bolton Boy Khan following the barrage of doubters that leapt on to his case when he got battered inside a round by journeyman Breidis Prescott in September 2008.
He partially silenced the critics in his comeback, a dominant display against Oisin Fagan but, if he can produce a performance against someone with Barrera's pedigree, he instantly raises his number to future world title challenger.
The big problem is, beating Barrera is far easier said than done - you can ask Naz about that!
The Mexican legend, known as The Baby-Faced Assassin, retired at the end of 2007 after enduring a twelve round clinic of how to box by Manny Pacquiao. But, by leaving Golden Boy promotions and joining up with Warren, he now has the chance to end his career with a win against somebody that will command a big audience.
And that has to be Khan's worry! He is facing a man that has mixed it with the elite and even went twelve with Pac-Man...twice!
Yes, Barrera is 34 and untested for a year and a half but he is tough...he even has a metal plate in his forehead! And if Khan can't knock him down, Barrera may be able to pick him off with one punch.
It's for that reason that we initially priced Barrera as the 1/2 favourite to win the bout but since then the Patriotic punters have come out in force shortening Khan and lengthening Barrera both to 5/6.
Given Khan's glass-jaw and Barrera's age it seems unlikely the fight will go the distance and as such we have priced a Barrera points win at 4/1 and Khan on points at 9/4.
The lightweight bout promises to be a hell of a fight (as long as Khan gets through the first round!) and all the action can be seen on Sky Box Office on 14 March, where we will be offering a range of in-play betting markets.
|Listen to boxing journalist and pundit Steve Bunce as he previews the big fight on William Hill Radio