Amir Khan vs Andreas Kotelnik Betting Odds
By Brad Marchetti, Doghouse Boxing (July 18, 2009)  
British Jr. Welterweight contender Amir Khan will take on arguably the toughest test of his young career tonight when he faces Andreas Kotelnik for the W.B.A 140 Lb. title. The 22-year old Khan, 22-1, 15 KO’s, is one of boxing’s most promising stars with his combination of flash, speed and athleticism. The 31-year old Kotelnik, 31-2-1, 13 KO’s, is a grizzled German fighter that has been in with world’s best pugs. The boxing betting line for the Amir Khan vs. Andreas Kotelnik fight have Khan as a moderate -240 favorite.

Amir Khan is coming off the biggest win of his career after dominating ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera via 5th round technical decision as an 8-5 favorite. The win over Barrera was a statement fight for Khan who proved his resilience after being upset by 15-1 underdog Breidis Prescott via 1st round KO just 1 fight earlier. Khan is now trained by blue-chip trainer Freddie Roach who is refining the rough edges on Khan’s boxing. The 5’10” Khan is a boxer\mover that has excellent footwork, reflexes, combination-punching and size. Khan has shown some holes in his defense however, and his chin is considered suspect after his scary KO defeat to Prescott. Khan is also not a very big puncher, but his hand speed is elite. The boxing betting line for the Amir Khan vs. Andreas Kotelnik fight give Khan a 70% chance of winning.

Andreas Kotelnik is a textbook boxer that is coming off a brutal decision win over power-hitting Argentinean Marcos Maidaina as a 2-1 favorite. The 5’7” Kotelnik is a durable fighter that has superb conditioning, technical skill and mental fortitude. Kotelnik has been a pro for 9 years and has faced a half dozen contenders without ever being stopped. Kotelnik has lots of wrinkles to his game with his ability to brawl, box or counterpunch. Kotelnik uses a stiff jab to set up accurate combinations to the head and body. Kotelnik is an ordinary athlete that has shown that he can be outboxed as he was in losses to Junior Witter and Souleymane M’bay. The boxing betting line OVER\UNDER for the Amir Khan vs. Andreas Kotelnik fight is at 9.5 ROUNDS with the OVER at -220.

Amir Khan is on the rise and he should be able to use his superior athleticism to win this fight on his home turf in England. Kotelnik is a smart fighter with a solid skill set, but Kotelnik is not a big enough puncher to expose Khan’s shaky set of whiskers. Look for Khan to win a career defining fight that launches his career and makes him a mainstream star.

Marchetti Pick: Amir Khan -240

Marchetti Skill Ratings 1-10

Amir Khan

Boxing Ability: 7 (x200%)
Power: 7 (x200%)
Defense: 7 (x200%)
Size: 8
Speed: 10
Stamina: 8
Defense: 7 (x200%)
Durability: 6
Legs: 9
Heart: 8
Intelligence: 7

Andreas Kotelnik

Boxing Ability: 7 (x200%)
Power: 6 (x200%)
Defense: 8 (x200%)
Speed: 6
Stamina: 8
Durability: 8
Legs: 6
Heart: 8
Intelligence: 9

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