ISLAMABAD:British professional boxer Amir Khan on Tuesday said he would have been distraught if his dream of fighting in Saudi Arabia on Friday for the WBC International Welterweight Championship had been put on hold.
Amir will now fight Two-Time World Champion Billy Dib on Friday in Jeddah after his original opponent Neeraj Goyat was involved in a car accident, said a news release issued here.
Amir was due to face Goyat at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in the first ever Pakistan-India showdown in a boxing ring.
Khan will still headline the groundbreaking boxing extravaganza in the Middle East that also features Hughie Fury, Prince Patel and Dave Penasola all in championship title action.
It’s clear that Goyat’s will not recover in time and be fully fit to fight Khan on the scheduled date and promoter Bill Dosanjh of The Super Boxing League has moved quickly to secure Khan a new opponent in the World class former two-time World champion Dibb.
“Dib is a respected and experienced two-time World Champion so I’m looking forward to pitting my skill against him,” he said.
He said my heart goes out to Neeraj and I pray for his full recovery and is fit and healthy again to resume his boxing career.
“We’ve had to make the decision to find a replacement and we’ve done extremely well in securing Dib to now be in the opposite corner,” he said.
Amir said this fight is a landmark moment for boxing in Saudi Arabia and myself, Bill, the Saudi GSA and the government have worked tirelessly to put this event together. We wanted to keep the event on during the important Saudi Season and ensure the fans in Saudi get to watch this great event, he said.
He said he has been a professional for nearly 14 years and hae seen and dealt with near enough everything in that time so adjusting to a new opponent and challenge is part and parcel of the boxing business. “I have just got to sit down with my team and work on the new plan,” he said
Khan and Dib bout will be exclusively live on Channel 5 and the undercard on 5Spike on July 12.