Amir Khan defeated Jake Paul on points, backing Tommy Fury, and claimed to have ‘taken’ the shot that knocked out Tyron Woodley.
The fury was quelled in December when he was pulled out of fighting Paul with a broken rib and a bacterial chest infection.
Woodley, beaten by the YouTuber via split-decision only four months ago, agreed to step down on less than two weeks’ notice.
But it ended in trouble for the former UFC champion, who was ruthlessly knocked out in round six.
Nevertheless, Khan, the former unified world champion, tipped 22-year-old Fury to defeat Paul and face American power.
He told pro boxing fans: “Apparently Tyrone got caught with a good shot, which could have been in boxing.
“He’s not really a boxer, he’s an MMA fighter. You know, as an MMA fighter, they don’t really work hard.
“It’s more about the takedown and everything else. I think he was caught with a really good shot.”
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Khan, 35, said: “Well, I think Tommy may have taken that shot and gave too much back, or maybe hit him with a few shots.
“I mean, look, anything can happen in boxing. Just feel like Tommy gets him out.”
Fury’s return means Paul, 25, has yet to face a rival with no prior professional boxing experience.
But his rematch against the 39-year-old Woodley means he has knocked out every opponent he has faced in the ring.
He added KO’s over-online rival ‘AnEsonGib’, ex-NBA star Nate Robinson, 37, and retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren, 39.
Meanwhile, Khan is finally set to take on longtime rival Klay Brook, 35, in Manchester on February 19.