March 14, 2009 by Edgar Gonzalez
In a WBO lightweight eliminator, 2004 Olympic silver medalist Amir Khan (20-1, 15 KO’s) won a five round technical decision over legendary “Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera (65-7, 42 KOs) on Saturday night at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. Barrera suffered a deep cut from an unintentional headbutt in round one that bled heavily from that point on. Khan was faster and very sharp, often punishing the bloodied Barrera on the ropes. Doctors looked at the cut in the fourth, but Barrera insisted on continuing, but then the fight was stopped because of the cut during the following round. Scores were 50-44, 50-45, 50-45.
I couldn’t see, if I could see it would have been a different outcome,” Said Barrera. “His fast , but I didn’t feel his power.”
In a clash for the vacant interim version of the WBO cruiser weight title, the Cinderella story of Ola “Kryptonite” Afolabi (14-1-3, 6 KOs) continued with a shocking ninth round knockout of former champion Enzo Maccarinelli (29-3, 22 KOs). A big right hand ended it at 1:50.
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