Amir Khan claims UFC is overtaking boxing for popularity after poor judges' decisions

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Amir Khan has slammed the points decision between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder after Saturday's world heavyweight title fight ended in an unsatisfying draw on the judges' cards.

Khan, a former unified light-welterweight world champion, was so disappointed by the outcome he has claimed results like that have tarnished the sport.

Despite being knocked down twice in the fight. Many pundits, supporters and former boxers had the former British champion as a sure victor.

Khan was no different. Straight after the fight, he took to social media to commend both fighters on a great fight as well as to vent his frustration about the draw.

He is just one of the many former and current boxers who have openly criticised the decision which has overshadowed. 

The Olympic silver medallist was ringside for the clash and said that the fight itself was a wonderful advert for the sport but also thinks that the disappointing decision which ended the fight simply undid all the hard work both fighters endured.

“When you’ve had a great fight like that but it’s a draw it puts you off,” Khan told talkSPORT, in an animated response to the fight.

“That’s why sports like UFC are surpassing boxing."

Whilst Khan seemed sure of this fact, it triggered quite a debate on Twitter.

Of course, UFC's reputation isn't exactly soaring right now either following the post-fight brawl that marred Khabib Nurmagomedov's victory over Conor McGregor earlier in the year.

Surprisingly, Fury himself has been the calmest boxer in reaction to the decision. Whilst he clearly did not agree the decision, he has made light of the situation and moved on.

Only time will tell whether a rematch can be agreed and a chance to settle their rivalry for good will be arranged.

In the meantime, Khan is rumoured to be on the verge of agreeing a shock fight against WBO welterweight champ Terrence Crawford after months of speculation linking him with Kell Brook.

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