Khan all set for fight in Saudi Arabia

Khan all set for fight in Saudi Arabia

Khan all set for fight in Saudi Arabia

In a battle of former two-time champions, Amir Khan (34-5, 21 KOs) dropped Billy Dib (45-6, 26 KOs) twice to stop him in the fourth round.

The fight took place at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah as part of the city's "Jeddah Season: Sea & Culture" festival.

Khan was originally scheduled to face Neeraj Goyat in the first ever Pakistan-India showdown in a boxing ring, but the original opponent withdrew after being injured in a vehicle accident. There would be no escape in the fourth, though, as a double left hook followed up by a rapid combination saw Dib go down again and prompt the towel to be thrown.

"I felt very comfortable in there, obviously having a new trainer Bones Adams, we had to work on a strategy".

Pakistan-India showdown in a boxing ring.

Khan arrived in Saudi Arabia on a mission to make a massive statement in his Middle East debut which would lure the eight-time world champion Pacquiao into a fight with him in the desert.

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However, he has had just one full season in management and is yet to answer certain question about his coaching ability. Games against Red Bull Salzburg and Reading follow, finishing up with a clash with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Khan said: "We want the Manny Pacquiao fight".

"I slowed myself down a little bit instead of rushing all the time", he explained.

"I was seeing everything, making sure I was putting in the right shots, I felt very comfortable in there..."

Khan came out strong and fast, utilising the hand speed we're so accustomed to seeing throughout the years.

After the fight, Amir Khan said he hoped to come to the Kingdom more often, praising the "great show in Jeddah", and said there were "many more to come in Saudi Arabia" in a tweet. Pacquiao, 40, fights American Keith Thurman for the WBA world welterweight title in Las Vegas on 20 July.

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