Khan wins close contest

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Las Vegas: Amir Khan successfully defended his WBA 140-pound title with a narrow unanimous decision over Marcos Maidana on December 11, surviving the stiffest test of his career with guts and skill.

Khan (24-1, 17 KOs) knocked down Maidana with 10 seconds left in the first round of the British champion’s Las Vegas debut with a vicious left hand to the body, and the fight never really slowed down from there.

The free-swinging Maidana seemed to be close to stopping Khan during a brilliant 10th round, but Khan absorbed every shot from his Argentine opponent and responded with a strong 11th.

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