Amir Khan claims he was misled before proclaiming a November fight against Manny Pacquiao was agreed.

Pacquiao's camp last week dismissed suggestions the Filipino great had agreed to fight Khan in Saudi Arabia.

The fight Khan has long looked for seemed to be on when he said 40-year-old Pacquiao had agreed to a November 8 date, but the British fighter now says he was fed incorrect information.

"Before the last press conference I was told the contracts between myself and Manny Pacquiao had been signed," Khan told Sky Sports. "This is from a company I've worked with called Super Boxing League, who I'm a chairman of as well.

"My advisers told me the fight is signed, so I went on and announced the fight was signed and hopefully we're looking at it maybe later in the year. Obviously then Manny comes back and says the fight's not happening.

"It's just one of those things. I'd love to have that fight. If it's not there for me, then it's not there for me. I have a date, November 8, in Saudi Arabia - Riyadh - and I’ll be focusing on that."

Khan, who defeated Billy Dib in Jeddah earlier this month, now needs to focus on ensuring his advisers get ink on the contract for his next opponent.

"I'd love it to be Manny Pacquiao," added Khan, whose record stands at 34-5. "If it's not Manny Pacquiao, we move on to someone else."

Manny Pacquiao's camp have dismissed suggestions from Amir Khan that the Filipino great has agreed to a fight in Saudi Arabia in November.

Khan announced on Tuesday that "both parties have signed the fight off" for Riyadh on November 8, suggesting only an injury to Pacquiao in his clash with Keith Thurman could scupper the planned bout.

But with Pacquiao firmly focused on taking on Thurman for the WBA welterweight title in Las Vegas on Saturday, his team have spoken on his behalf to reject Khan’s claim.

Sean Gibbons, president of MP Promotions, told BoxingScene.com: "The Amir Khan fight is news to us."

Fred Sternburg, Pacquiao's publicist, also stated no deal has been completed, telling The National: "Manny has not signed a contract for that fight."

Multi-weight world champion Pacquiao, now 40, boasts a 61-7-2 record and has long been a target for Khan, who defeated Billy Dib in Jeddah last week.

Amir Khan says Manny Pacquiao has agreed to face him in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on November 8, provided the Filipino great comes through his fight with Keith Thurman unscathed.

The 40-year-old Pacquiao (61-7-2) is set to face Thurman for the WBA Super welterweight title in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Ahead of that contest, Khan, who improved his record to 34-5 by easing past late stand-in Billy Dib in Jeddah last week, said a deal is in place with Pacquiao's team.

"Hopefully we can get that fight," the Briton told iFL TV. "Both parties have signed the fight off, but hopefully he comes out of there in one piece on the weekend against Keith Thurman, which is a hard fight for him.

"If Manny comes out of this fight safe and sound without any injuries, I think that'll be the next one."

Asked what will happen if Pacquiao loses to Thurman, Khan added: "I still think it's a big fight out there. Because Saudi wants to see Manny Pacquiao, Saudi wants to see me again.

"Let's see what happens. At the moment, I think the Saudis want the Pacquiao fight more than any other name."

Prior to his facile victory over Dib, Khan was previously in action in April, when he lost in controversial fashion to Terence Crawford, a low blow bringing the WBO welterweight title bout to a premature end.

Khan has long courted a fight with multi-weight world champion Pacquiao, who will face Thurman this weekend having revived his career with victories over Lucas Matthysse and Adrien Broner following a shock loss to Jeff Horn in 2017.

Amir Khan needed less than four rounds to defeat Billy Dib and claim the WBC international welterweight title in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

The 32-year-old Brit was beaten by Terence Crawford in April but returned to winning ways with a routine triumph against an undersized Dib.

Dib, 33, has won a world featherweight strap but stepped up in weight at late notice after Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat withdrew following a car crash.

An even contest was always unlikely given Dib accepted the fight in June but barely a punch was thrown in an uneventful first round.

Khan stepped up his attack in the second and put Dib on the deck, a sign of what was to come.

And it was in the fourth round that the fight finished, Dib's camp throwing in the towel after a flurry of Khan punches left the Australian on the ropes.

Khan will bank around £7million for his role in the utterly one-sided affair, according to reports.

He is hoping to take on Manny Pacquiao next, potentially in Saudi Arabia again.

Amir Khan will face Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia next month after his scheduled opponent, Neeraj Goyat, sustained "severe injuries" in a car accident.

Indian Goyat, who had been set to face Khan for the WBC Pearl title, was hospitalised following an incident on Wednesday.

Promoter Bill Dosanjh was quoted by the Indian Express as saying Goyat had suffered "severe injuries on his head, face and left arm."

Two-time world champion Khan will now take on veteran Australian Dib - a former featherweight title-holder who has never fought above 135lb - in a 147lb bout on July 12. 

"He will be coming up [in weight] to fight me, just like how I came up to fight [Saul] Canelo [Alvarez]," said Khan of Dib in a video released on social media.

Dib briefly retired after suffering the fifth defeat of his 50-fight career against Tevin Farmer last August, with the vacant IBF super featherweight belt on the line.

He returned to action in April, stopping journeyman Surachet Tongmala in the first round.

Khan (33-5) has recently suggested he could bring his career to a close in the near future. The Briton faced heavy criticism over the manner of his defeat to Terence Crawford earlier this year, when Khan was pulled out by his corner following a low blow.

Amir Khan is ready to walk away from boxing if he does not perform well against Neeraj Goyat in July.

The former unified light-welterweight world champion returns to action in Jeddah against the unheralded Goyat, a first outing since losing in six rounds against WBO welterweight king Terence Crawford in New York in April.

That was the fifth defeat of a professional career showing 33 wins and clashes with a host of big names.

Khan, 32, still has designs on facing old Wild Card stablemate Manny Pacquiao and long-time domestic rival Kell Brook but has pledged to assess his performance against former MMA fighter Goyat honestly.

"Let's see how I feel in this fight. If I don't feel like myself, I'll probably just call it a day," Khan told BBC Sport.

"I want to be the one who makes that decision. I don't want to be forced to retire.

"I have achieved what I wanted to achieve in the sport, so it's now just enjoying the sport. I want to see how I feel in the fight and take it from there.

"If things didn't go the right way or I don't feel good, I know myself I would hang up the gloves right away."

Somewhat typically, considering their frustrating failure to share a ring over the past decade, Khan's pronouncement comes in the same week Brook dismissed speculation he was pondering retirement.

The Sheffield welterweight has spoken of a desire to try to succeed where his compatriot failed against pound-for-pound star Crawford, although Khan only sees that fight going one way.

"Brook and Crawford can happen," he said. "I think Crawford would win quite easily. Crawford is very skilful. He's up there with one of the best I have faced.

"I don't know what Brook is doing. When we started talks, it went quiet. I can't waste time negotiating. I want to be busy now, keep fighting and if the fight comes on the table I will take it."

Boxing star Amir Khan has offered to help Pakistan's ailing cricket team as they face a brutal World Cup KO. 

Amir Khan is to meet Indian fighter Neeraj Goyat at the King Abdullah Sports City in Saudi Arabia on July 12.

Khan lost to Terence Crawford at Madison Square Garden in New York City in his last fight on April 20, and has looked to bounce back swiftly by arranging a quick return to the ring.

The former unified junior welterweight world champion will take on India's Goyat for his regional welterweight belt, in what is Khan's first fight in the Middle East.

"This is an exciting challenge that I have ahead of me. It will be the first time a British Pakistani will fight an Indian boxer, which eventually will bring the two nations together," Khan said.

"I would like to thank the Saudi government and General Sports Authority for giving me this opportunity, and I'm a firm believer in sport being a great healer."

Khan's record stands at 33 wins and five defeats, while 27-year-old Goyat has 11 victories from his 16 professional bouts.

Amir Khan feels he has plenty still to offer to boxing and says retiring too early would "haunt me forever".

Khan was beaten by Terence Crawford in a WBO welterweight title bout on Saturday after succumbing to a low blow in the sixth round in New York.

The 32-year-old insisted after that he had been hit "in the balls" and would not ordinarily have bowed out early.

Khan also disputed suggestions he could now be done in boxing and reiterated that point as he explained how a premature retirement would hurt him.

"When you get older, everything changes," he told the Independent. "The whole ball game changes and everything you do is for your family

"But boxing is one of those sports where, once I leave the sport, I don't want to come back. I know I give my family a heart attack every time I fight and they hate me fighting, but it's just going to be for this one time in my life.

"Then after that, I can spend the rest of my life with my family. I know it hurts them and upsets them, but it's what I'm good at doing.

"I have to be ready to finish. I don't want to finish thinking, 'Could I have fought again?' You have to do it at the right time. It has to be a solid decision. Retiring at the wrong time would haunt me forever. It would haunt anyone."

But Khan believes he will enjoy retirement when it does come, adding: "These next couple of weeks will be quite interesting.

"I have to sit down with my close friends and also my wife. I'm at the age of 32 now, but I feel like I've got a lot left in me. Retirement is not something I'm looking at and I definitely wouldn't want to leave the sport in this way.

"I think retirement will be nice - one day, when I do retire. I think I will enjoy it because it would take a lot of pressure off me. You are then a free man."

Amir Khan is not ready to walk away from boxing after Saturday's painful and controversial defeat to WBO welterweight king Terence Crawford.

Former unified light-welterweight champion Khan was a heavy underdog heading into the New York showdown with the pound-for-pound ranked Crawford in New York.

After being sent to the canvas in the first round, Khan was comfortably behind on all three judges' scorecards when the undefeated champion caught him with a low blow.

Despite being given time to recover, following discussions with trainer Virgil Hunter, it was decided Khan could not continue and Crawford was awarded a TKO victory amid boos from the Madison Square Garden crowd.

The 32-year-old emphatically told Crawford he had hit him "in the balls" when his heart was called into question at a post-fight news conference and Khan insists his fighting spirit means he cannot go out on such a disappointing note.

"I don't want to end my career like that," said the 2004 Olympic silver medallist, as quoted by the Independent. "I definitely don't.

"I'm one of those fighters, I'd rather get knocked out. I couldn't think straight when I was hit with a shot like that."

Khan suggested blows such as the decisive one below the belt, ruled accidental, might have been a deliberate ploy from Crawford.

"There were other low blows in the fight. I don't know if it was a strategy. I remember telling the referee before the fight in the changing rooms that he is going to throw low blows," he said.

"I've seen that in fights, plus he has his cup very high."

Khan's professional record now stands at 33 wins and five defeats, with three of the other losses coming by way of devastating knockouts against Breidis Prescott, Danny Garcia and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

The all-or-nothing nature of those losses means the Crawford reverse was not in keeping with Khan's rollercoaster career – one that a number of observers feels might now be out of road.

"It does upset me that people will call me a quitter because I know deep, deep down I've never been a quitter," he said.

"I just have to sit back, watch the video and think about what I'm going to do.

"I still have a love for the sport. I was up against one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. I want to come home and then decide what I do next.

"But definitely, man, you'll definitely see me again."

A domestic showdown with British rival Kell Brook, who was at ringside in New York at the weekend, remains an option, although the passage of time and their respective recent setbacks means that fight has lost plenty of the lustre it once had.

The unsatisfactory conclusion against Crawford might also have damaged Khan's long-established lofty standing with the American television networks, but the Bolton fighter has no doubt he remains a box-office draw.

"I will always have opportunities to fight for world titles," he added.

"One thing about America, I'll always get opportunities here because I train here and there are many fights out there for me.

"There are rematches with Garcia, people will still want to see me fight people like [Keith] Thurman and [Manny] Pacquiao."

Amir Khan vehemently denied Terence Crawford's accusation that he quit on their WBO welterweight title bout after receiving a low blow from the champion.

Crawford had already floored Khan in the first round when, in the sixth, he caught his opponent with an accidental shot to the groin.

Khan took a couple of minutes to recover before declaring himself unable to continue as he and trainer Virgil Hunter took the decision to end the fight amid boos from the Madison Square Garden crowd.

Crawford – ahead on all three cards – was awarded a TKO, extending his perfect record to 35-0, and in the subsequent media conference Khan was asked if he had given up.

"I would never quit, I would rather be knocked out. I'm one of those fighters where I'd rather be knocked out in fights," Khan said.

"I have been knocked out in fights because I've tried to win fights."

Crawford then interrupted, saying: "You didn't quit? Tell the truth. So what happened?"

"No, I didn't quit. I was hit with a low blow," Khan said, to which Crawford replied: "You quit with a shot in your leg?"

"The leg? I was hit in the balls," came Khan's riposte.

"I've not seen the replay, but it was a low blow. If you guys think I quit, no problem. He was the better fighter and beat me tonight."

Terence Crawford retained his welterweight world title and remained undefeated with a sixth-round TKO after Amir Khan could not continue following an accidental low blow.

The blockbuster bout in New York came to an anti-climactic end after a shot below the belt left Khan unable to carry on against the WBO holder on Saturday.

Khan (33-5) was hit early in the sixth round at Madison Square Garden, where the referee waved off the fight at the request of the Englishman.

While the crowd were left disappointed amid a chorus of boos, American star Crawford improved to 35-0 after the bout ended at the 0:47 mark.

"I could tell I was breaking him down," Crawford said inside the ring. "It was just a matter of time. I just took my time. I was disappointed the corner stopped the fight in that manner, but Virgil [Hunter] is a great coach, and he was looking out for his fighter. I know he didn't want to go out like that."

Crawford – rated one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world – was on the front foot following in the opening round, which saw the unbeaten boxer drop Khan in New York.

Khan landed a couple of jabs but Crawford suddenly caught the Brit with a counter right with a minute remaining – flooring his opponent.

Crawford almost sent former unified light-welterweight champion Khan to the canvas again before the bell rang and the 32-year-old dug deep from that point.

Khan was more defensive in the second as he struggled to find an opening, though he lunged with a lead left hook that Crawford took well.

Crawford – who switched to a southpaw stance – waited patiently for the killer blow and he made some inroads in the fourth, targeting the body as he stalked Khan.

The 31-year-old Crawford broke down Khan with more heavy hitting in the fifth and the fight came to a premature end a round later as the latter's corner informed the referee that their boxer could no longer continue.

 

 

Amir Khan insists he is giving no thought to the prospect of fighting British rival Kell Brook as he prepares for the unenviable task of taking on Terence Crawford in New York.

The WBO welterweight title will be on the line at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, as Khan (33-4), faces Crawford, who is undefeated in 34 fights and rated as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world.

Brook has flown out to the United States and will be in attendance for the fight, after his long-held hopes of fighting his domestic rival were again scuppered as Khan took up the opportunity to fight for a world title.

But the challenger to Crawford is not wasting any mental energy thinking about the activities of Brook, who has claimed he is actually there to seek a bout with the American.

Khan told Omnisport: "My whole focus is on this fight, the other names don't come any closer.

"There are a lot of fighters out there who would want to fight me or who I could fight but at the moment all my eyes are on one fight which is against Crawford."

Now 32, Khan insists his body is not showing signs of wear and tear from a long career.

He added: "It's hard to say [how long I have left in boxing]. I take every day as it comes and every fight as it comes.

"So I'm just enjoying the sport as much as I can and then hopefully my body will tell me when to call it a day, but at the moment I've got a lot of love for the sport, I'm still going strong. I still feel and am training like I did at 21."

For Terence Crawford and Amir Khan, Saturday’s fight in New York is all about grasping an opportunity that has been presented to them.

A world title is involved in the main event at Madison Square Garden, but the WBO welterweight belt is not the only thing on the line. Both fighters have much to gain in terms of their reputations too, with victory crucial to their future plans.

Once again, Khan is in a situation where he is backing his boxing abilities to pull off an upset. A similar gamble backfired spectacularly when he previously took on Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez – it is just under three years since he suffered that heavy knockout against the Mexican after making the dangerous leap up to middleweight.

Nothing that has happened since that defeat suggests Khan is acting in anything but blind faith in agreeing to this next challenge, even if he should feel far more comfortable campaigning at welterweight this time around. Indeed, he even tipped the scales slightly heavier than his foe.

For Crawford, however, it is about making a statement. The American must know winning is not enough – if you want to be considered the best around, at any weight, there is always the added pressure of doing it in style.

His resume is already impressive; Crawford is 34-0 and a world champion at three different weights, having previously reigned at 135 and 140 pounds. He had few problems when stepping up to 147 last year, stopping Jeff Horn to seize the WBO strap from the Australian.

"I thought I was going to have the advantage over him – I thought I was going to be able to probably bully him a bit more than I was able to," Horn – who had sensationally defeated Manny Pacquiao on points the previous year – told Omnisport.

"He just boxed very well on the back foot and was able to counter me. He knew I had to rush in because I was fighting in his home territory. The crowd were going to be on his side so I knew I was going to have to kind of force the fight.

"Because he's such a good counter fighter, that played straight into his hands. I was losing rounds left, right and centre against him.

"He was able to stand just out of range and pick his shots very well. He's a good boxer in that way and because I wasn't moving off the centre, he was able to pick me off quite comfortably, especially to the body. When he did that, it got me to stop moving, so then he worked my head after that."

Horn's aggressive approach failed to pay off. So, too, did Jose Benavidez Jr's attempts to rile Crawford in the build-up to their bout last October. The champion missed with a right hand when the pair clashed at the weigh-in, but was on target regularly when they met again in the ring, making his rival pay for his pre-fight trash-talking.

At light-welterweight, the Nebraska native knocked out Julius Indongo in a hurry and outclassed Viktor Postol over 12 rounds. Previously, he had recorded wins over Yuriorkis Gamboa, Raymundo Beltran and Ricky Burns in the lightweight division.

His precision punching – whether on the front foot or as counter measures – means those facing him have to pick their poison. So far, no-one has found an antidote.

Khan has impressive hand speed but, as has been the case throughout a career that has perhaps not quite reached the heights expected when he turned pro as a teenager, too often gets caught. When that happens, his natural desire not to take a backward step takes over, often leading him down a boxing dead end.

As someone who has experienced how dangerous Crawford can be against an aggressor, Horn fears the Brit has "bitten off more than he can chew" this weekend.

"I think Amir Khan is a very good boxer and has extremely fast hands as well," he replied when pushed for a prediction.

"It's going to be interesting for a while to see in that fight how Amir's boxing ability works up against Crawford. I don't know if Crawford's power is going to be too much for Khan when it gets into the later rounds, though."

Crawford's fight is sandwiched in between outings for two of his main pound-for-pound rivals. Canelo gets to state his case when he faces Daniel Jacobs on May 4, but Vasyl Lomachenko already laid down an impressive marker by clinically dismantling Anthony Crolla earlier in April.

Now, though, the spotlight is on Crawford. The 31-year-old gets to state his case in the New York spotlight - and an aggressive, risk-taker in Khan may well be the ideal opponent to show off his skills once again.

Our experts give American Bud Crawford the edge heading into Saturday night's blockbuster with Amir Khan.

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