Amir Khan: I want to create history

Amir Khan and Billy Dib gave Saudi fight fans a glimpse of what to expect ahead of their big fight this Friday night when they performed a public work-out in the Red Sea Mall in Jeddah. Khan was put through his paces by trainer Clarence “Bones” Adams and fitness and strength conditioner Alex Ariza and was given a huge reception from the hundreds of spectators who filled the floors.

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“This is my first time fighting in Jeddah and I’m going to make the most of this. I’ve fought all over the world, Las Vegas, New York, London, but it’s going to be great fighting in Jeddah. I want to create history and I want to bring big fights to Saudi Arabia, I want big fights in Jeddah.”

Former world champions Khan and Dib will meet at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium with the vacant WBC International welterweight title on the line. Dib took the fight with Khan after the original opponent Neeraj Goyat withdrew after being involved in a car crash, but Amir is ready for the change of opponent.

“Sometimes it can be hard when you have a replacement opponent,” said Khan “It’s been hard because I’ve working on an opponent from India, Goyat, so what I have to do is change my game plan for this fight. Billy’s a great fighter and a two-time world champion and he’s coming to win so we have to change up a little bit, but I’m ready,”

He finished by promising to deliver an exciting performance for his new audience and is looking to forward to returning to Saudi Arabia soon.

Khan said, “Me and dib, we are both ex-world champions, we’re going to put on a great performance for the fans to enjoy. A win will give me a top five ranking in the world. We are going to see fireworks and there will be many more events like this in the future.”

Australian Dib didn’t give away too much as he did some light shadow boxing in the ring as he looks to cause a shock and defeat the heavy favorite Khan.

Dib said, “This is an amazing experience for me to be allowed to fight here and I can’t wait. I can definitely win this it’s a great opportunity for myself. Amir’s a great fighter and beaten some legends but I’m going to do whatever I can to win.”

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  • The vacant WBC international title I can hardly wait,IMAGINE such an honor of fighting for such an AMAZING title. I believe they’ve surpassed the 40 champs per division, perhaps someday they will honor this game by making the gay pride title and the transexual metro pan woofster title. YIPPEE!!!!

  • Khan can go to Saudi Arabia and make money, or Abu Dhabi, wherever. He ran from the Brook fight, so stop talking the Brook fight. The dude ran from the Brook fight in 2013, and still talks about that fight sometimes. They were talking up this fight in 2012 to happen in 2013. so Khan should just stop talking Brook if he isn’t going to do it after this fight. As for Billy Dib, I do not know his best punch, but Julio Diaz, a former 135 lbs champion, put Khan down at a 142 lbs catchweight fight. Khan didn’t look that terrible against Crawford, except the end of round 1. Khan still didn’t think about continuing once a single low blow took the fight out of him instantly. Khan can’t make up for much nowadays, except fight Brook at like a 150 lbs catchweight, so Brook can’t have an excuse for having to drop to 147 and being drained. Khan should just do the fight with Brook someplace, even if not England. Do the fight in Wales if you don’t want it to be England. Brook could see what kind of money he’d get from Golden Boy to fight Patrick Teixeira (Latino), not sure where else Brook has to go besides Teixeira and Munguia, if not Khan.

    • I think both Brook and Khan should retire. Brook turned down an undercard appearance on the AJ/Ruiz show as Hearn said “He wasn’t up for it and only wants the big fights”.
      That to me was a massive shop window. Even if he fought some non threat journeyman , if he impressed he’d have probably got something from it and it would have erased his last outing which I’d have thought any boxer would have wanted to do.
      I always liked Brook but he seems to becoming more like Khan in thinking he’s bigger than he is. At HW I think Whyte also thinks he’s better than he is but at least he’s regularly fighting live opposition.

  • Are you serious!!!!??? Isn’t Dib naturally a longtime featherweight well over his prime which would make him a now blown up lightweight at best. This is absurd the fight is being talked about as if it’s a fair match up. I haven’t seen anyone point this obvious fact out. The only person Khan has business fighting is Brooks and that fight has lost its spark already Put a fork in it.

    • Gabe, that’s right. He’s making history by fighting a lightweight who should really be a featherweight.

  • First guy his size to get KO’d by a featherweight in the Middle East?
    Or was this a misquote when he actually said “I’m want to make my “career” history”?
    Has he been hanging out with David Price?

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