By Aidan Elder | Chief Sports Writer
Amir Khan promised us a knockout in Las Vegas and he certainly delivered. Although being on the receiving end of it wasn’t part of the plan. Khan (25) suffered a shock defeat at the hands and gloves of American, Danny Garcia (24) earlier this morning.
Garcia defended his WBC and Ring Welterweight titles while relieving Khan of his WBA belt by knocking him down three times. The referee called an end to the bout in the fourth round and it didn’t look like a moment too soon as Khan wobbled around like a drunk trying to walk around a moving bus. It was a massive upset for punters with Khan 1/7 to prevail in the pre-fight betting.
It’s unclear what the Bolton fighter will do next, but a step up to the welterweight division and a potential meeting with Floyd Mayweather Jr. later in the year are almost certainly off the agenda for the moment as Khan looks to rebuild his reputation. It was Khan’s third defeat in his 29 fight pro-career and second in succession, although the most recent one against Lamont Peterson can be ignored if you so choose due to Peterson’s testing positive for synthetic testosterone.
Earlier in London, David Haye hopefully put his petty and pointless squabble with Dereck Chisora to bed by beating him courtesy of a fifth round knockout. Now they’re best buddies apparently.
If there’s one thing that could make an unsavoury race row even more unpleasant, it’s the addition of the opinions and bad punctuation of Twitter. In a crash course in ‘street’ lingo, one Twitter user tweeted Rio Ferdinand, calling Ashley Cole a ‘choc ice’. UrbanDictionary.com succinctly defines the term as ‘A black person who acts like a white person!‘. Although it also defines it as ‘the art of freezing a shit and then using it as a dildo’. Neither reflect on Cole very well.
Anyhoo, Ferdinand appeared to endorse the comment by responding with ‘I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic hahahahahahha!!’ and later tried to defend his right to find the inflammatory term amusing. He deleted the tweets but this morning made matters worse by showcasing his infantile grasp of logic by tweeting “What I said yesterday is not a racist term. Its a type of slang/term used by many for someone who is being fake. So there.” The ‘So there’ feeling like it should be accompanied by a raspberry.
The football season starts soon and we hopefully won’t have to put up with nonsense like this. Manchester United are 7/4 to reclaim the Premier League title.
Bradley Wiggins will claim a small piece of history later today as he becomes the first Briton to wear the famous Yellow Jersey for a seventh time. It’s unlikely to distract him from the job at hand as the riders face a tough day of steep climbs in the Pyrenees. Wiggins (32) is two minutes and five seconds clear of his team-mate, Chris Froome, but is likely to be tested by his rivals on the slopes.
The final day of the Scottish Open is already underway, but it’ll be a few hours until the leaders take to the first tee. No less than 21 golfers are five or less shots away from leader, Francesco Molinari, amongst them Phil Mickelson, world number one, Luke Donald and a resurgent Martin Kaymer. It should be a cracking day of silly pants wearing.
Nottingham Forest’s new owners promised fans ‘a well-known name’ to take over from the deposed Steve Cotterill and staying true to form, they look set to deliver. Whether or not the familiar name will please fans is another matter entirely.
It looks like Mick McCarthy is closing in on the job, with the Yorkshireman strengthening his position at the top of the Next Nottingham Forest Manager betting. Mick (53) is reportedly cutting short a holiday in Portugal to talk to the Al-Hasawi family on Monday, although the family were quick to point out he’s not the only iron in the fire. Abdul Aziz Al-Hasawi tried to make it sound less like it’s a done deal by explaining “we are interviewing maybe four or five people over the next few days. Mick is one of the people we are talking to but there are others.”