“If I want to one day fight for another world title, I have to get past this fighter and I know Billy is going to come to win.”
Amir Khan hopes to make individuals overlook about his final combat with Terrence Crawford by exhibiting off his abilities towards Billy Dibb in Saudi Arabia.
The 32-year-old returns to the ring towards Dibb on the King Abdulla Sports activities Metropolis in Jeddah on Friday night time after struggling a painful sixth-round stoppage to WBO welterweight champion Crawford at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York in April.
Khan is aware of defeat to the previous IBF featherweight holder may put an finish to any potential world title fights sooner or later.
“I obviously have to make sure I’m on my A-game. I can’t take this fight lightly at all,” mentioned former IBF and WBA light-welterweight champion Khan.
“If I need to in the future combat for one more world title, I should get previous this fighter and I know Billy goes to come back to win.
“He is a two-time world champion himself and so am I. We have been on this place earlier than once you’re preventing for world titles and all the things, so I know I cannot take it calmly. I simply have to ensure my eyes are on the sport.
“I want people to forget about the last fight against Crawford, move on. Back on winning ways, get a good win and show off my skills in Saudi Arabia.”
Australian Dibb, who misplaced on factors to IBF super-featherweight champion Tevin Farmer final yr, will step as much as 147lbs towards Khan after being drafted in at brief discover following Neeraj Goyat’s withdrawal as a consequence of accidents sustained in a automobile crash final month.
“I’m definitely looking forward to moving up in weight and challenging Amir Khan. It’s not something that hasn’t done before – Amir did it himself when he fought Canelo [Alvarez],” mentioned 50-fight veteran Dibb.
“Amir had nice success in doing that towards Canelo till he bought caught.
“I actually really feel that I’m up for the problem. I would not have taken the combat if I did not suppose I may win. I’m right here to win, I’m undoubtedly right here to win and never simply to make up the numbers.”