Amir Khan insists that he is not only still committed to competing in pro-boxing, but that he is also better than a lot of the sport’s elite-level talents.
Khan’s showdown against pound-for-pound great Terence Crawford ended under bizarre circumstances as the British boxer bowed out of the fight in the sixth round after suffering a low-blow.
There has been much debate in recent times over the stoppage and the validity of Khan’s claims that Crawford has struck him in the groin and overall, the ending was something of an anticlimactic finish to what was looking to be a more interesting fight by the round.
In the time since, the former WBA light-welterweight champion has been adamant that he is not through with the sport just yet.
Speaking at a recent media event in Dubai (via The National), Khan spoke about the possibility of retirement and how it hadn’t really entered his thoughts – regardless of how the aforementioned fight with Crawford went.
“It never really crossed my mind. In the fight I was still there. He was technically a very good fighter and I did find it quite hard to get to him. But I still think, maybe not against a Crawford – but I still feel I’m better than the guys like Danny Garcia, Lamont Peterson, Keith Thurman, Manny Pacquiao. Those fights could be big still.
“I still have it in me. I still love the sport and I still work hard. I still feel like I’m up there. Mentally I’m quite strong and I know I’ll always come back from defeats. I’ve been knocked out, come back and become world champion again. I’m sure I can do it again.”
“I’m still enjoying it, I’m still like a kid in a sweetie shop when I’m in the gym. I always said I want to leave the sport the way I walked in. I don’t want to stay in the game for too long, I want to enjoy my youth with my family.
“I’m only 32, although this is the last chapter of my career. I want to fight maybe one or two more times and then maybe call it a day. It just depends what’s out there for me.”
Khan’s 2016 loss to the Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez saw him step away from the sport for his first retirement – one that lasted just under two years.
Since returning with a 39 second KO of Phil Lo Greco, Amir has won one and lost one.
As for his next outing, with an eye on a winter return, Khan cited his compatriot Kell Brook as the perfect opponent for him at this point in his career.
“Now I want to take some time off. I’m going to go back to the drawing board. I’m still in the top 10 in the world and I want to fight someone in the top 10 for my next fight. Hopefully that will be in October or November time.
“We’ve got names like Kell Brook there; still the top, top fighters there. I’m in a very lucky position that I have the opportunity to put bums on seats. TV networks like to see me fight and getting the top guys in the ring is quite easy. I’m still in a good position of getting the big names in, because we bring a lot of money to the table.”
“Kell Brook still excites me. It’s a fight that’s always there. People say it’s a 50/50 fight, but I believe I would take out Kell Brook in six or seven rounds. That’s the fight that would be an easy sell.
“We’re with the same promoter in Eddie Hearn. I would like to take that fight. He’s a great fighter, Kell, he’s done a lot in the game. And that would be a massive fight in the UK. I’ve done everything now I wanted to do away from the UK, in America. I want to have my next fight in the UK. And if it’s Kell, it’s Kell.”