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Amir Khan: I'm Confident I Can Be Champ By December

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

AMIR KHAN claims he is “100 percent” on course to become a world champion once again by the end of this year.

The Bolton bruiser is confident of muscling his way back into the world title picture despite an unconvincing points win over Julio Diaz in Sheffield on Saturday.

The former two-time world light-welterweight champion hardly turned in the kind of devastating show needed to convince those who doubt his ability to get back to the top.

But Khan was bullish after his hard-earned victory and said: “Yes, I am 100 percent certain that I can become a world champion again by December.”

His view was echoed by Richard Schaeffer, the head of Khan’s Golden Boy promoters, who said: “We are looking at December for a world title clash.”

Their optimism is admirable, but the truth is that Khan struggled against the Mexican.

He had to clamber up off the canvas to keep his dreams alive as what appeared to be a routine assignment suddenly turned into something of a desperate struggle.

He was dumped on his backside by a big left hook in the fourth round and teetered on the brink of further knockdowns as Diaz forced a spectacular finish.

Thankfully, Khan had done enough in the early rounds to deserve his unanimous 115-113, 115- 112, 114-113 points win.

But it was a far-from-convincing show as he looks to set up lucrative showdowns back in the big time.

Khan was trying to get back into the title picture after career-threatening defeats by Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia.

He entered the ring on the back of a win over Carlos Molina but never really stamped his authority on 33-year-old former lightweight world champion Diaz.

After being dumped in the fourth for a count of eight, Khan was hurt in the eighth and was almost decked in the 10th and 11th rounds.

Khan admitted: “It was a tough fight. He caught me with a shot but I was off balance. I remember everything in that round when I went down.

“I was down but I recovered and ran until I cleared my head.

“I just had to listen to my trainer Virgil Hunter and get back to my boxing  I came through it all and won and now I feel I am bang on course for a world title shot before this year is out.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PUTemUP on 05-01-2013

Khan is no longer an elite contender. He apart lost to a bum in Diaz. Diaz has never rise to the occasion when given the opportunity but I give him credit. Khan has no chin whatsoever and didn't do a…

Comment by KickAzz on 04-30-2013

I'm sure GBP will find some vacant or crap belt for Khan to fight for. I'm sure there are a few organizations out there that will force their champ(s) to vacate their belts so that Khan gets a shot. GBP…

Comment by mathed on 04-30-2013

[QUOTE=285Kid;13308873]Robert Guerrero has cash-in his WBC Interim Welterweight Title, Khan as the #2 guy can now fight for that belt.. [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/63FzHsz.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE] I guess Khan's 143 catchweight fight classifies him as a welter huh? He is gonna have to man up…

Comment by mathed on 04-30-2013

[QUOTE=ottocon860;13309119]Is Abregu vs Khan a possible match up? Abregu is strong and punches hard. Khan seems to always get caught after he starts fast and begins to tire. Not a good match up for Khan.[/QUOTE] LMAO, Abregu would knock that…

Comment by Mike_R on 04-30-2013

Khan does not get past Matthysse if they ever come to meet.

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