Perhaps his best punch, Khan's jab came with instructions: "not to the head, to the shoulder." Roach explained, "Paulie likes to drop his left and expose his shoulder. If we can dislocate it, we will."
Khan would follow the orders, but also defy them: jabbing to the shoulder might have been effective, but for the champion jabbing to the face elicited equal satisfaction, landing 151 jabs to Malignaggi's 57 and generally overpowering the Brooklynite with 259 to 127 punches total.
Widely heralded, Amir Khan (23-1) was making his American debut, after emerging from Ricky Hatton's wreckage and Joe Calzaghe's retirement as the dominant British fighter active today. During an interview with a British TV station in his locker room before the fight, Khan said, "I'm not going to go looking for a knockout, but I think one will happen with this fight." Khan, the WBA champion, trounced Malignaggi (27-4) with a stoppage at 1:25 of the 11th round.
During Friday's weigh-in, a shoving match began that boiled over with the opening rounds.
Six years Khan's senior, Malignaggi, 29, started out overeager, more concerned with finishing his combinations than landing them on anything in particular.