By Shaun Brown
While Haroon Khan 4-0 (1) is still in the infancy stage of his professional career, the 23-year-old super flyweight certainly isn’t lacking in ambition when he discussed his long-term goals with BoxingScene recently.
Haroon, the younger brother of Amir – a former WBA Light Welterweight world champion – is using the weight jumping achievements of modern day superstar Manny Pacquiao as inspiration and believes in the long run he’ll be making moves up in weight.
“Manny Pacquiao started at 105lbs and became a champion all the way up to 154lbs and I want to win titles like he did at as many weights as I can. That’s definitely the future. Once you’re a world champion in one weight category you want to go on and win many titles as you can.”
This Saturday in front of his local supporters at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium, live on www.vipboxing.tv , Khan will be facing the 4-3 (0) Kyle King. And this year, moving into next, the goal is to win all domestic titles culminating in the British. Khan believes that an easier path may open up for him as well.
“There’s not many people in my weight category, obviously, and titles are there to grab. Paul Butler (former British champion) has just moved up to bantamweight and he’s fighting for a world title (the IBF version against champion Stuart Hall this Sat) and I think Paul will win that and I can’t see him coming back down to super flyweight. And there’s Kal Yafai (Commonwealth champion), he’s a huge super flyweight and I can’t see him being at this weight category for long so I think by the time I get to British title level it will be there to grab.”
Khan couldn’t have been in a better place when ‘Scene caught up with him. Not only was he thrilled for his brother to be back in the mix at world level after his recent win over Luis Collazo but also about becoming an Uncle too after Amir and wife, Faryal, became parents with the birth of their daughter, Lamysa.
“It’s just another rebel in the family!” beamed Haroon.
“It’s exciting times, Amir’s win over Collazo, the baby, my fight’s coming up but being an Uncle is amazing and I’m happy for Amir and Fayoul. The baby’s looking healthy and you never know she could be another boxer!”
Haroon will be looking to call on his big brother in the future when the time comes to step up to title level but he also has the experiences of fighting on a big show in America to draw on after featuring on the Devon Alexander-Lee Purdy/Lamont Peterson-Lucas Matthysse double header at Atlantic City in May last year. A moment in his career that he will never forget.
“You have to remember, I fought before the Peterson and Matthysse fight. The arena was full and I’d put on a great performance. I’ll never forget all the American people coming up to me and congratulating me and the messages on Twitter saying that they wanted to see me fight over their again so that was a good start. You gain a lot from that type of experience. Nobody knew me there then I heard the crowd because of the way I fought and then giving such a positive reaction so when it comes to that big fight I’ll remember that feeling. So far my career’s going great but there’s bigger things to come.”
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