Khan: Losses Will Be Forgotten with Pacquiao Win
Amir Khan had been away from the ring for two years before he knocked out Phil Lo Greco about five months ago. Now, Khan takes on Samuel Vargas on Sept. 8, chasing another major boxing championship.
Already a former WBA/IBF junior welterweight champion and a former WBC Silver Welterweight champion, Khan aims at challenging for a welterweight title before the end of the year. Most particularly, he’s looking for a clash with boxing legend and current WBA “Regular” Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao.
Khan has stated he refuses to leave the sport until he can show definitive answers to his critics and leave with no regrets, remembered as one of the best. Some are quick to point out knockout losses Khan suffered at the hands of Breidis Prescott, Danny Garcia and Canelo Alvarez.
“There are massive fights out there like Pacquiao. Beating someone like Pacquiao, beating someone like Brook, people will forget about those defeats,” Khan said. “I fight the best out there and that is a reason that sometimes you do get hurt. I’ve not got beat by dummies.
In my mind the Canelo defeat is gone, I don’t think about it. I don’t think about those losses, I’m just carrying on with my career, I go every fight a step at a time. The day I do feel I am slowing down or getting injuries I will call it a day. At the moment I’m in training camp with no injuries, feel strong and love the sport even more.
While Pacquiao is Khan’s preferred next option with a win over Vargas, there are also chances he finally clashes with British rival Kell Brook, or travels to America for a rematch with Garcia if Garcia defeats Shawn Porter on Sept. 8 in Brooklyn for the WBC Welterweight Title.
Khan adds he doesn’t see retirement coming any time soon with the potential fights awaiting him, but he knows he’s in the twilight of his in-ring career.
“It could be one year, two, five or six. It depends on how I feel about the sport,” Khan said. “I know guys and fighters like Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao who were winning world titles numerous times when they were a lot older than me. I never want to be in the position when I do call it a day that I regret what I could have done or what I could have achieved.
What I have achieved at the moment I am very happy with but I know that this is the last chapter.
Original Story: Boxing Scene