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Amir Khan v Billy Dib: Britain hopes Saudi Arabia can become global fight capital

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    Amir Khan v Billy Dib: Britain hopes Saudi Arabia can become global fight capital

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    Billy Dib and Amir Khan will fight in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Friday
    Amir Khan hopes his Jeddah bout against Billy Dib will start the process of turning Saudi Arabia into a "big-fight capital".

    The Briton, 32, will earn around £7m for Friday's bout, which follows his loss in April to Terence Crawford.

    Australian Dib, 33, has held a world title at featherweight but he will move up to welterweight to face Khan.

    "My fight with Dib is breaking new ground here and I want to put on a real show for the public," said Khan.

    "This is just the start of our plans. We intend to make Saudi Arabia a big-fight capital just like Las Vegas, New York and London and in time I believe that it will be just as big as those cities."

    'Khan no longer an elite welterweight'

    The fight night - which takes place at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah - initially had Khan taking on Neeraj Goyat, but the Indian boxer withdrew after being injured in a car crash.

    "In terms of facing the right welterweight in boxing today, Khan is that guy," said Dib, who held the IBF world featherweight title from 2011 to 2013.

    "I don't want to be facing a Keith Thurman, a Shawn Porter, an Errol Spence Jr or a Terence Crawford. These guys are so elite and on another level. He has been in really big fights and been hurt on a number occasions. I don't think your chin gets any stronger as your career goes on.

    "I am taking a major risk taking him on. He's a big man, I'm a little man but it's a risk worth taking, risk for reward."

    Dib has a record of 45 wins and five defeats, while Khan has 33 wins and five losses.
     
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    Amir Khan knocks out Australia’s Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia's Super Boxing League




    JEDDAH: Pakistan-origin British boxer Amir Khan knocked out Australia’s Billy Dib in the fourth round of the match at King Abdullah Sports City, Saudi Arabia in wee hours on Saturday.

    The 32-year-old former world champion's first venture in Saudi Arabia ended with a convincing victory over Australian Billy Dib. He dominated the fight in all four rounds with his quick and perfect moves.

    Sharing his words after winning the Super Boxing League competition, Amir Khan said that he enjoyed the fight in Saudi Arabia.

    Thanking the crowed of the host city, he vowed to come again to fight in future.

    Pakistan's former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif was among the guests. He felicitated and embraced the boxer on his stunning victory.

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    Khan was initially scheduled to face India’s Neeraj Goyat who was later ruled out due to injuries in a car crash, last month.

    He had promised a “special show” at the King Abdullah Sport City stadium, where he took on underdog Dib for the vacant World Boxing Council International welterweight championship.
     
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