By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
BRITISH boxing star Amir Khan is happy to put his 2012 horror behind him.
And now the Bolton fighter is ready to set the world alight in 2013 and is hoping to fight on British soil again.
Khan, 26, started the year without any titles after a controversial points defeat by Lamont Peterson at the end of 2011.
The 2004 Athens silver medallist then had the ‘man in the hat’ controversy where it appeared the judges’ scorecards were influenced by an outside source.
He finally got his rematch with Peterson but then the American failed a drugs test just before they were set to go toe-to-toe again.
After battling to get his titles back, Khan got his WBA strap returned but he lost in it dramatic fashion when Danny Garcia flattened him in four rounds in July.
Khan also had to foil an attempted robbery of his car with his brother Haroon, in Birmingham in October, in what was a year to forget.
But as he sat in Gloves Community Centre in Bolton, days after his tenth-round stoppage win over Carlos Molina in Los Angeles, he could afford a smile.
Flanked by the boxers from the club which he helped set up, Khan looked ahead and says he wants to fight in the UK in April before avenging his defeat to Garcia.
But he is aware that it could all go wrong again in a flash – just like it did before.
“I’d love to fight in England again,” he said. “This is where my true, loyal fans are and the people who have supported me from day one before I was a world champion.
“I’m trying to get the next fight in April over here. Nothing has been confirmed but I’ve put it to the team in America that I want to fight in England and they are looking at the numbers.
“And 2013 could be my best year – or it could be the worst year. That’s the sport for you. Just one punch changes a fight.
“I’m relieved that 2012 is gone but I’m happy I finished it off with a win, I wanted to do that.
“It’s not been my best year, I ended with a win though, so now I want to start 2013 with another win and take momentum. I believe that it will be my best year next year.”