Khan Not Taking Goyat Lightly

Amir Khan says after seeing Anthony Joshua get upset by Andy Ruiz Jr., he cannot afford to take Neeraj Goyat lightly when they meet in Saudi Arabia on July 12.

This will be Khan’s first fight since losing to WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford via sixth-round TKO at New York’s Madison Square Garden on April 20. It was Khan’s first loss and first title shot since returning to boxing in 2018 following a two-year layoff after getting knocked out by Canelo Alvarez in a May 2016 middleweight title fight.

Goyat has won 11 of 12 since going 0-2-2 to start his professional career, though he has not faced the high-level and world title caliber talent Khan has throughout his career.

Still, Khan says after watching the heavyweight title upset that occurred on June 1, combined with his loss to Crawford in the same venue, he is not holding back in his preparation.

“I always train hard for a fight. I’m always focused and I always give it my all,” Khan said. “I know fights like this could lead into bigger fights, maybe one day getting at Kell Brook, maybe one day fighting Manny Pacquiao, but I don’t want to look to far ahead.

I need to win this fight. No only just win, but win it in good style because if I don’t win it or if I don’t look good in this fight, then I think it definitely doesn’t put me up there with the best in the welterweight division.

“The welterweight division is up there as one of the hardest divisions in the world, you’ve got some great names in there and I want to get back in that mix again. I never think about losing but losing this fight would definitely destroy me and make him a big name. Things can go wrong, and we all saw what happened with Anthony Joshua getting knocked out by a fighter people thought he’d destroy, so that’s why I have to bring my top game. I can’t afford to make any mistakes.”

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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