Amir Khan vs Billy Dib Live: Britain hopes Saudi Arabia can become global fight capital. Amir Khan hopes his Jeddah bout against Billy Dib will start the process of turning Saudi Arabia into a big-fight capital.Well that certainly didn’t take long. Fresh on the heels of the Amir Khan vs Billy Dib announcement that Neeraj Goyat injured himself in a car accident, forcing him out of his July 12th fight with Amir Khan, it’s already Amir Khan vs Billy Dib being will step in as Khan’s replacement opponent.I mistakenly assumed that the event organizers would gladly substitute in a store brand opponent for Khan.
Amir Khan returns to the ring looking to bounce back from his defeat to Terence Crawford in April and make an impact in Saudi Arabia on Friday night.
Khan takes on former super-featherweight world champion Billy Dib at welterweight in a battle for the WBC’s new Pearl title.
The Bolton boxer will earn a £7m pay-day to headline the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah.He was initially set to face Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat before he was injured in a car crash and Dib was drafted in as a late replacement.
Khan hopes a victory can set up a clash with Manny Pacquiao in Jeddah later this year but he needs to perform in a fight he is expected to win.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of Khan’s latest outing – the 39th fight of his professional career.Amir Khan is in decline and is only motivated by money, insists opponent Billy Dib ahead of their July 13 (AEST) fight.
The 50-fight veteran and former world featherweight champion will fight Khan in Saudi Arabia after scheduled opponent Neeraj Goyat was forced to withdraw due to injuries sustained in a car crash.
However, the 33-year-old believes the one-off welterweight fight as well as opponent Khan is more than ideal for him.Live stream Amir Khan v Billy Dib with KAYO SPORTS. Get your 14-day free trial and start streaming instantly >
“Put it this way, you’d have to offer me a ridiculous amount, well into eight figures, to step into a ring with Manny Pacquiao,” said Dib.
“But Amir Khan certainly isn’t Manny Pacquiao. Amir definitely was a great champion, a proven warrior who’s made his mark on the game.“He could be a future Hall of Famer and in time, I hope the boxing world will fully appreciate his skillset.
“But in the past few years there’s been a major decline, a lot of chinks have emerged.“He’s no longer the fighter who schooled the likes of Devon Alexander and Marcos Maidana. Today, he’s fighting for different reasons….money!”
Dib also says he is in great shape, despite effectively jumping up three weight categories to challenge Khan.
“For the first time in my boxing career, I’ve not needed to worry about my weight,” Dib added.“I’ll be far stronger, more thickset and hopefully I’ll carry my speed up cos I’m quick, too.
“Everybody knows I’m a quality body puncher and I’ll be bringing even more strength and power. I’ll definitely test Khan. I really fancy my chances.”
Trainer Freddie Roach said Wednesday he hopes Manny Pacquiao can set up a rematch with Floyd Mayweather after the Filipino legend takes care of business against Keith Thurman in Las Vegas this month.
Roach told reporters he was still bothered by Pacquiao’s defeat to Mayweather in their 2015 clash, which was hyped as the “Fight of the Century” but ultimately left boxing fans disappointed.
Pacquiao later said a shoulder injury had hampered his performance during the 12-round defeat, while Mayweather headed into retirement later that year with an unblemished record.
Amir Khan’s ‘Red Sea Fight Night’ showdown against Billy Dib in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Friday 12th July will have a host of celebrities from the world of sport and entertainment attending the big night.
Following confirmation of British Heavyweight great Lennox Lewis and UFC’s legendary Chuck Liddell and current phenomenon Israel Adesanya, American rap stars Rick Ross and Tyga will not only be at ringside to watch the action, but will also perform in the King Abdullah Sports City stadium.
Two-Time world champions Khan and Dib headline the fight card when they collide for the vacant WBC International welterweight championship that also features the heavyweight clash between Hughie Fury and former world champion Samuel Peter, televised exclusively LIVE in the UK on free-to-air Channel 5 and the undercard of 5Spike.
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More champions and celebrities will be at ringside for the big fight and will be announced shortly.
The event titled Red Sea Fight Night during the Saudi Seasons sill have three further championship titles fights on the show: Hughie Fury vs. Samuel Peter; Prince Patel vs. Michell Banquez – IBO World Bantamweight Championship; Dave Penalosa vs. Lerato Dlamini – WBC Silver Featherweight Championship.
An action packed undercard also features British middleweight talent Michael Hennessy Jr. vs Abdul Julaidan Fatah; Super-bantamweight contest Amandeep Singh vs Shakhobidin Zoirov; Lightweight contest Zuhayr Al Qahtani vs. Farhad Hazratzada; Super-featherweight contest Lolito Sonsona vs. Isack Junior; Welterweight contest Rodrigo Caraballo vs. Sajid Abid and Heavyweight Contest Ali Kiydin vs. Hemi Ahio.