Not so fast, says Amir


Last updated at 20:51 05 October 2007

Amir Khan has gone to

great lengths to guard

against a repeat of the

knockdown in his last

fight when he defends

his Commonwealth

lightweight title


So concerned is Khan

that he is not dumped

on the canvas by

Stoke's Scott Lawton in

Nottingham, that he

has excused himself

from fasting during


Amir Khan wins WBC Commonwealth tilte

The Bolton boxer has

also cut back on


commitments and he

has worked on faults

that left him open against Willie Limond,

who floored him in the

sixth before failing to

emerge for the eighth

round in July.

Khan said: 'My faith is

everything to me and

it has got me to where

I am today, but it was

just too hard to do the

fasting this time for

Ramadan. From 5am to

7pm you are fasting

and it's hard to train

during that period and

keep your metabolism

right, so I can make the


'My last fight was a big

massive occasion for me and I let the

excitement get to me.'

Lawton knows an upset

is there for the taking

if Khan's guard is as

porous as last time.

'Amir is a good fighter

but he has got big gaps

which I can exploit,' he


'Amir may have

worked on things in

the gym but when the

fight is getting hard for

him he will revert to

his old self and drop his

hands. If he puts his

chin out I will definitely

crack it — and I don't

think he's a

devastating puncher.'

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