Amir Khan. -Photo by AFP

LONDON: Britain's Amir Khan has insisted he will return to the light-welterweight division once he's considered the full implications of his defeat by Danny Garcia.

Khan was stopped in the fourth round of a unification bout, having suffered three knockdowns, by Garcia in Las Vegas on Saturday.

It was the second stoppage defeat of his professional career and third in all and led to calls for the 25-year-old Englishman to either consider another weight division or retire completely.

However, in a statement issued Monday, Khan said: “I'm going to spend the next few weeks relaxing during Ramadan and recharging my batteries after what was a 16-week training camp for me.

“I'll then sit down with my team to assess the options in front of me.

“Well done to Danny Garcia on his performance, but I promise that I'll bounce back stronger than ever as I look to regain my spot at the top of the 140lb division.”

Khan added: “Many fighters down the years have bounced back from defeat to prove their greatness and that's exactly what I intend to do.

“I've never shirked any challenge or refused to fight anyone in my division even though it would have been easy for me to do so.”

Khan had earlier dismissed calls from his compatriot Carl Froch, the IBF super-middleweight champion, to retire following his defeat by Garcia.

“Carl's always got his little things to say, I think I'll leave it at that really,” Khan told the BBC.

“I'm a young fighter, I'm 25, I'm not talking about retiring, I'm still young and I've got a lot in me,” added Khan, who now has a 26-3 record.

“If he wants to retire, he can retire, he's talking about retiring. I'm in a tougher division. I'm fighting better opposition and I'm a bigger name than him, and I think that's what burns him really.

“People are going to say things after this fight, people said things after the (Breidis) Prescott fight (which he lost in 2008), and see how I came back after that. I'll come back stronger, I'm still young, I'm still hungry and I'll come back a lot better and a lot stronger.

“The next fight will be in England, I hope. I'm going to relax for a week, not even think about boxing for a week or so, and then I'm going to leave it for my team to do a great job.”


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Comments (13) (Closed)


@sam_6196
Jul 18, 2012 10:34am
Insha Allah our prayers are always with you
Dr. A. Jamil
Jul 18, 2012 10:22am
Be magnonimous in defeat and humble in victory.
Abrar-ul-Haque
Jul 17, 2012 10:03am
Great people always learn lessons from their mistakes and think positive. Sure you will make a strong comeback. Bravo Amir Khan. Best of luck. Abrar-ul-Haque, Virginia, USA
Sameer Awan
Jul 17, 2012 10:22am
Well again he bragged he is better than others. I think Amir Khan should not say anything. Be a humble and try to listen everyone and dont say someone is inferior than you. Carl Froch is a champion and you are not So Amir Khan should stay quite and should respect everyone.
Syed
Jul 17, 2012 12:38pm
All great boxers have attitude and arrogance. Thats what needed in this sport. He can be great if he can just slow down in the ring a bit and not try to knock the other guy out in round 1. Improve your defense and you will be really great Amir
Dr. AHMED JAMIL
Jul 17, 2012 12:33pm
Many a great fighters have suffered a defeat or two. They came back to win and retain their greatness. Amir is a great fighter. A wayward punch from a puncher doesnt and will never make puncher a great boxer. Amir should not take hurt by remarks from Froch. He will, I know, come back to prove his point. He will be a name, a legacy people will remember.
Ash
Jul 17, 2012 11:08am
Yup great fighters not big mouthed!
Sameer
Jul 17, 2012 01:39pm
Khan is a very good fighter. He went down to a lucky punch by Garcia. First 2 rounds were totally dominated by Khan. Khan will be back. GOOD LUCK
Shaan
Jul 17, 2012 03:13pm
Amir. Stay off of facebook and twitter. Your fans need you punching on training bags, not on blackberry keys.
M. Khan
Jul 17, 2012 03:14pm
fix your defence, and nothing else. You can beat anyone
sandeep
Jul 17, 2012 09:30am
There is a fine line between attitude and arrogance.I hope he is not crossing that.
quresh
Jul 17, 2012 08:35pm
Great comments ASH.
Muhammad Daud Alam
Jul 18, 2012 06:30am
very well-said Shan... I couldn't agree more...