Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Amir Khan Does Not Rule Out Move To Welterweight

Amir Khan believes Saturday's hard-fought win over Julio Diaz was just the workout he required in his quest to regain a world title.

Khan survived a fourth-round knockdown to battle to an unconvincing points victory over the veteran Mexican at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena.

The 25-year-old, without world belts since damaging back-to-back defeats to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia in 2011 and 2012 respectively, now hopes the result puts him back in the frame for title fights.

The Bolton fighter said: "I wanted a tough fight and one the fans were going to think it was a good fight to go to.

"You want to give people their money's worth and they got that in a good, explosive 12 rounds.

"Sometimes tough fights can be bad for you but I think that one will do me good.

"I needed a fight like that to take me to the next level up.

"I told people beforehand I was fighting a good Mexican fighter - Mexicans come to fight and Julio said he was in the best shape ever. He came to win.

"Julio gave it 100 percent, but so did we.

"I was put down in round four. Although Julio caught me with a clean shot, I was a little bit off balance at the time.

"But I took it, I said 'fine' to the referee when he scored a knockdown.

"I put my hand up and blamed myself for taking the shot and being off balance.

"It is something I am going to learn from."

Garcia retained his WBA and WBC light welterweight titles with victory over Zab Judah on the same evening.

He could now fight the winner of next month's contest between Peterson and Lucas Matthyse with Khan a potential opponent for the victor of that bout.

Another option for Khan could be a step up to welterweight and look to take on IBF champion Devon Alexander, if he comes through his fight with Britain's Kell Brook next month.

Khan, speaking at his gym in Bolton, said: "Welterweight - could be. I am getting bigger and older, filling out in this way.

"Maybe that could be a good division, but I am just waiting on a few opponents, seeing how a few results go and taking it from there.

"So there is nothing yet. There are a few routes we will be looking at.

"There are a few names I am trying to get and I should have some answers in a week or two's time."

Whichever options present themselves, Khan's most pressing immediate concern is his wedding in New York to fiancee Faryal Makhdoom next month.

After their honeymoon he will spend some time in camp with trainer Virgil Hunter in San Francisco before beginning work in earnest ahead of a potential next fight in December after Ramadan ends in early August.

Khan said: "I am getting married in about a month's time. That is one of the reasons I will only be fighting twice this year, and then there is Ramadan, so I will start from there.

"I am looking forward to the wedding. It is going to be a busy time for me, the middle part of this year.

"Then hopefully towards the end of the year all that will be cleared."

Amir was not the only Khan in action on Saturday night as his younger brother Haroon, 21, made his professional debut on the same card.

Haroon was also triumphant, beating Lincoln's Brett Fidoe on points in a four-round super flyweight bout.

Haroon said: "It went well, I am over the moon with it.

"The first fight is always the toughest one and I felt I handled it well, especially fighting in front of a large crowd.

"I went out there and tried my best and got the win.

"Once I stepped in the ring I thought, 'Wow, the spotlight is on me'.

"I had no headguard. I was going to say to my coach, 'Where is my headguard?'

"But I thought I handled it well and boxed well."

Haroon may give Amir extra reason to keep an eye on the Alexander-Brook event in Atlantic City as he hopes to secure a fight on the undercard for his next outing.

"I am fit to fight again and can't wait to get back in the ring," said Haroon.

"I want to get one more in before Ramadan and at least another four before the end of the year."

Tags: Amir Khan image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ash85notts on 04-30-2013

Im a fan of Amir Khan boxing wise.... but the dude will never ever be able to handle an elite fighter at any weight class It's a shame.....

Comment by P4P_No1 on 04-30-2013

[QUOTE=kokingbill;13306503]Nothing helps a weak chin like moving up in weight, said no one ever...if the guys gonna keep boxing he could stand to lose a little muscle mass and go to 135. That's his only chance to resurrect his career,…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 04-30-2013

Smart move. Go up a division... get knocked out quicker. Brilliant. :alcoholic

Comment by CaneloFan on 04-30-2013

[QUOTE=ottocon860;13307693]Maybe Khan vs Broner at 147? Khan gets one more title fight if Broner beats Malinaggi?[/QUOTE] Broner will do the stanky leg with Kahn LMAO... He'll mock the crap outta him. Destroy him mentally and physically.

Comment by Suckmedry on 04-29-2013

Khan is an exciting fighter and better than he gets credit for but with an already shaky chin after having now been rocked badly and stopped several times, it could very well just go downhill from here as he continues…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (46)
Top Headlines Povetkin-Hammer Undercard Results from Ekaterinburg Mikey Garcia to Keep WBC Lightweight Title Despite Lipinets Fight Saunders: Lemieux Is Walking Punching Bag; Must KO Me to Win Parker's Coach: We exposed Joshua's chin, UK media afraid to cover! Yarde Feels Power is on Level With Kovalev, Stevenson, Beterbiev Andre Ward Leaves The Door Open - "I Do Miss Fighting" Dejan Zlaticanin Bounces Back With First Round Destruction Tete, Dubois, Yarde, Skeete Return on February 10 Jessie Vargas: I Want To Conquer Welterweight Division! Cletus Seldin: My Career is Going Exactly How I've Wanted Nicola Adams Aims To Win a World Title in 2018 Tyson Fury: I Won't Be Forced Into Hard Fights Until I'm Fit! Bacskai, Egedi, Torteli Back in Action in Hungary Klitschko: I Passed Torch To Joshua, He Can Unify The Division Saunders: Lemieux's Death Talk Stupid, Disrespectful to Boxing Jason Quigley Leaves Robles, Will Work With Dominic Ingle Carlos Morales Picks Up Technical Decision Win in Indio Photos: Chaves vs. James, Molina vs. Redkach - Weigh-In Photos: Jessie Vargas, Aaron Herrera - Ready For Battle Saunders Dares Lemieux To Accept Big Bet on Fight Outcome Hopkins: Lemieux Must Be at His Very Best To Beat Saunders Daniel Jacobs: Unless Lemieux Gets Lucky, Saunders Will Win Felix Verdejo To Return on March 17, Manager Vows Better Year Easter-Fortuna Added to Spence-Peterson Card 1/20 at Barclays Mayweather-McGregor Banks 4.3 Million Buys, Says Showtime Lipinets: I Expect To Hit Mikey Garcia - Let's See How He Handles It! Photos: Seldin vs. Ulysse, Douglas vs. O'Sullivan - Final Presser Hearn: Tyson Fury Can Face Whyte in Return: Then Bellew, Joshua Barthelemy vs. Relikh II For Vacant WBA Title on Garcia-Lipinets Mikey Garcia to Face Sergey Lipinets February 10 in San Antonio Photos: Saunders, David Lemieux Get Tense at Final Presser Yvan Mendy May Inch Closer To Title Shot With Another Win David Lemieux Vows Beating, To Put Saunders Through Hell Video: Badou Jack, Shawn Porter Discuss Future Plans, More Klitschko Auctions Off Robe From Joshua Fight, With USB Prediction Erik Skoglund Remains in an Induced Coma Following Surgery Photos: Alexander Povetkin, Christian Hammer - Ready For War Photos: Conor Benn Wins a Wild War To Keep Record Intact Lemieux: I'm a Whole Different Guy Than I Was Against Golovkin Parker's Trainer: My Fighter's Resume is Better Than Joshua's!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement