New Delhi, May 31: Super Boxing League promoter Bill Dosanjh on Friday announced that global boxing superstar Amir Khan will take on Indian pro-boxer Neeraj Goyat in what promises to be one of the most anticipated bouts in recent history. The battle will be held Saudi Arabia on July 12 with a championship title online.
Khan, a two-time World Champion and Olympic silver medalist at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, will take on the Indian pro at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah - nicknamed the 'The Shining Jewel' in a fight that promises to deliver the thrill and excitement that comes with the presence of the British pro in the ring.
"It will be the first time a British Pakistani will fight an Indian boxer, which eventually will bring the two nations together. Both fighters just wanna get in there and get the fight on, for me Neeraj is a fighter," said Khan.
In a stunning 38-fight professional career, Khan has has faced some of the very finest boxers and pound-for-pound best of his generation, including Marcos Maidana, Zab Judah, Danny Garcia, Saul Alvarez and in his last fight Terence Crawford.
Khan’s rival, Goyat defeated Mexico’s Carlos Lopez Marmolejo via unanimous decision in a contest at the Danforth Music Hall earlier in April in Toronto. Goyat, who is the WBC Asia welterweight title-holder, has a record of 11 wins including two knockouts, three losses and two draws till date.
"This opportunity is as big as it gets for me. Everything that I have achieved till date wouldn’t matter when I enter the ring on July 12 taking on a seasoned, established superstar in Amir Khan. I will be carrying the hopes of 1.2 billion on my shoulders who will expect me to bring the title by causing an upset," admitted Neeraj Goyat.
The Haryana-lad left behind a highly successful amateur career to pursue his dream of becoming a professional boxer and show the world that India can be a new super-power in world boxing. He has fought in numerous countries, including China, Thailand, South Korea, Mexico and Canada and currently holds the WBC Asian crown.
The fight is an important event taking place during Saudi seasons that will run from June 8 to July 18. (UNI)