Amir Khan’s weak chin has already been exposed by Breidis Prescott in the past and this weakness could make Marcos Maidana a decent price at 2/1 in the boxing betting odds to become the new WBA light welterweight world champion.
Khan has emerged victorious in his five fights since being stopped in 54 seconds by Prescott in Manchester two years ago.
However, it could be argued that Khan’s team have been careful with their choice of opponents since, helping to build back up the 23 year-old’s confidence by putting him in the ring with those not known for their knockout power.
This is something that cannot be said of Maidana, who certainly possesses the power to unsettle Khan and this is proved by his record of 29 wins from 30 fights, with 27 coming by way of knockout.
Therefore, the fight should put to rest any discussions of whether Khan can truly live with the biggest hitters in the game and whether he has the all-round ingredients to become a future world champion at multiple weights.
Maidana may well be the more limited of the two combatants and the key could come down to whether Khan can keep the fight at range and display his superior boxing skills.
If the Argentinean is to hand Khan his second professional defeat, it is unsurprisingly likely to come by stoppage.
Maidana vs Khan betting odds have the challenger at 5/2 to win by knockout.
However, there are many more profitable betting opportunities for those believing Maidana will beat Khan.
It is 8/1 that Maidana wins after being knocked down himself and he has already shown an ability to do this in his fight with Victor Ortiz.
Furthermore, it is 20/1 in the boxing betting odds that Maidana follows Prescott and beats Khan in the first round, while 50/1 is offered that he stops Khan in the opening 60 seconds.
A £10 bet on Marcos Maidana beating Amir Khan in the opening minute of the first round could payout £500. New Ladbrokes customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.