Amir Khan took intention at Manny Pacquiao after throttling Billy Dib en path to a fourth-round TKO on the King Abdullah Sports activities Metropolis in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Friday night.
The occasion was initially meant to unite India and Pakistan in a quest for peace, however when Khan’s opponent, Neeraj Goyat, was injured in a automotive crash main as much as the combat, the WBC Pearl belt was scrapped, leaving the 32-year-old Olympic silver medalist in want of a brand new opponent. Dib (45-6, 26 KOs), who was already scheduled to combat on the undercard, accepted the provide to step up two weight divisions to combat for the vacant WBC Worldwide welterweight title.
Sadly for “The Kid,” the leap up in weight proved to be an excessive amount of to beat.
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Khan, the previous unified gentle welterweight world champion, took the middle of the ring and dominated the combat from the opening bell. Dib seemed to maintain his distance, ready for a chance to lunge in and catch Khan on his suspect chin. As he got here in throughout the second spherical, Dib acquired caught with a left hook that despatched him to the canvas. Khan seemed to complete the job within the third, however the combat was halted when each males misplaced their gum shields. Khan continued to land to the pinnacle and the physique because the spherical continued. An assortment of punishment dished out by Khan despatched Dib the canvas. Dib’s nook had seen sufficient and threw within the towel.
Khan improved to 34-5 (21 knockouts) with the victory, which served as a bounceback after Khan was stopped by Terence Crawford in April. Extra vital than the end result was who Khan needs to combat subsequent.
“Look, we want the Manny Pacquiao fight,” Khan mentioned afterward. “Let’s hope he comes to Saudi Arabia. Hopefully, we come back again at the end of the year and bring Manny Pacquiao here.”
Pacquiao is ready to face Keith Thurman on July 20. Whether or not Pacquiao wins or loses will not matter a lot to Khan, who has been after that combat for a few years.
Hughie Fury defeats Samuel Peter through Seventh-round TKO after shoulder harm
The 24-year-old Fury gained a combat that may solely be described as farcical. Fury (23-2, 13 KOs) moved across the ring, maintaining out of vary from the 38-year-old American’s wild lunges. His upper-body motion mirrored the preventing type of his cousin Tyson, whereas Peter (38-8, 31 KOs) was harking back to David Haye towards Tony Bellew, swinging, lacking and dropping his steadiness.
The combat confirmed no indicators of enhancing when a low blow by Peter within the third was adopted by an enormous left hand to Fury’s head properly after the referee had referred to as for them to interrupt within the fourth. The late punch earned Peter some extent deduction. One other low blow by Peter within the fifth introduced a stern telling off from the ref, but it surely did not cease the previous title contender from touchdown one other low blow and a shot to the again of the pinnacle within the sixth.
A coming collectively within the seventh gave Peter the chance to land two extra low blows. Because the referee stepped in, Peter appeared to dislocate his left shoulder whereas making an attempt to land a looping proper hand. After a protracted time frame consulting together with his nook and the medical group, the referee referred to as off the combat.
Additionally on the cardboard
- Michell Banquez def. Prince Patel for the vacant IBO world bantamweight title.
- Kyle Lomotey def. Abdulfatah Julaidan; middleweights.
- Hemi Ahio def. Ali Kiydin; heavyweights.
- Michael Hennessy Jr. and Abdulfatah Julaidan combat to a majority draw; middleweights.
- Zuhayr Al-Qahtani def. Rakesh Lohchab; lightweights.