Haroon Khan starts with a win
If you’re going to have someone in your corner for your professional debut, you could do worse than current top dog, Virgil Hunter. Bantamweight Haroon Khan had that privilege, and Hunter was vocal as the Bolton youngster came through his bow unscathed with a 40-37 points win on the card of referee Steve Gray.
Khan has been working with older brother Amir’s former trainer, Oliver Harrison, but he has bigger things in his diary, and will accompany his charge Martin Murray into the ring in Buenos Aires in the early hours when the St Helens man takes on the best middleweight in the world, Sergio Martinez. But as subs go, Hunter isn’t a bad one.
Khan’s timing was understandably a little off at the beginning of the four-threes but he began to settle down and showed as much with a decent right-left combination which got through Fidoe’s guard.
In the second, Khan showed he was too eager to impress; he tried to pressure the man from Fenton, Staffordshire on several occasions but missed with most of his shots. Khan scored with a clean jab and tried to press once more but Fidoe wasn’t going to be intimidated.
Khan scored with a nice left to the body and a decent orthodox jab in the third. Encouraged by his success, he began to chase Fidoe, who wisely got on his bike. Fidoe threw an overhand right which just missed, then repeated the shot with more joy.
Fidoe scored with a nice head shot at the start of the fourth round and banged his gloves together to show that he was warming to the task. He got on the front foot and Khan had to box going backwards for a change. Khan resumed offence with a decent jab and then over-reached.
Anyway, the younger Khan boxing brother starts with a win and Fidoe, now 1-3, did himself credit too. For the stattos, Khan weighed 8st 5lbs 1oz, Fidoe 8st 5lbs 7oz.