Lightweight hopeful Khan takes first loss with 54-second knockout

9/6/2008 - Boxing

MANCHESTER, England -- British lightweight hope Amir Khan suffered the first loss of his professional career when he was knocked out in 54 seconds by Breidis Prescott of Colombia at MEN Arena on Saturday night.

Khan was knocked down twice by left hooks, the second time for good.

He won the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics, and attracted high hopes of a title shot next year as he fashioned an 18-0 record in pro fights. But Prescott put those plans in disarray and improved his own undefeated record to 20-0 with 18 KOs.

On the undercard, Alex Arthur of Scotland lost the WBO super-featherweight title to Nicky Cook of England by unanimous decision, and British heavyweight Audley Harrison continued to struggle in his comeback with an unimpressive 10-round decision over George Arias of Brazil that was booed by the crowd.