2004 olympic sylver medalist Amir Khan retains his WBA International Lightweight championship with a five round technical decision over legendary “Baby Faced Assasin” and former three- division world champion Marco Antonio Barrera on Saturday night at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. In round one, Barrera suffered a deep gash on the hairline from an unintentional headbutt that bled into his left eye from that point on.
Khan was faster and very sharp, often punishing the bloodied Barrera on the ropes. Barrera had some moments too, but Khan was in command for the rounds contested. Doctors looked at the cut in the fourth, but the bout was not stopped at that point (wich would have resulted in a no decision). The bout was stopped because of the cut during the following round, sending the veredict to the scorecards, which read 50-44, 50-45, 50-45 for Khan.