Photos: Amir Khan vs Neeraj Goyat Media Training
Two Time World Champion Amir Khan put on a power packed training session at his gym HQ in Bolton today ahead of his departure for Saudi Arabia for his fight with rival Neeraj Goyat.
Khan makes boxing history when he takes on Goyat in the first ever Pakistani-India showdown in the boxing ring on Friday 12th July at the King Abdullah Sport City in Jeddah.
In front of a gym packed with national media, Khan was put through his paces by new trainers Alex Ariza and Clarence “Bones” Adams as he went through a session that included shadow boxing, pads and skipping.
Afterwards, Khan spoke to the media and talked of a potential blockbuster with the legendary Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East providing he beats Goyat and Pacman beats Keith Thurman next month. He also added he doesn’t care if domestic rival Kell Brook retired.
Khan said, “I’d love to do that fight. It’s one of the reasons I’ve take the fight as I know there’s a bigger picture,”
“There’s always talk about Manny and there has been more talk about it lately. Lets hope he wins against Thurman, I win against Goyat and we can move forward front there.”
“I have this fight and then it could Manny, that would be a great way to finish.”
“I’m not taking my eye off Goyat though, I know that I can’t be complacent and I need to beat him.
Two-Time World Champion Amir Khan and opponent Neeraj Goyat came face-to-face for the first time today in Delhi, India, to formerly announce their big-fight “Nations Connect” on Friday 12th July at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
“King” Khan from Bolton, England, of Pakistani heritage, faces India’s national boxing hero Goyat from Chandigarh, with the specially commissioned World Boxing Council Pearl Welterweight Championship, that will be fought for over twelve rounds, is on the line.
Similar to the WBC “Money Belt” that was created for the super-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor in 2017, the winner of Khan v Goyat will walk away with the one-off belt individually made to honour the history-making boxing event taking place in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The WBC Pearl Championship belt will be officially unveiled and on display on the final stop of the media tour in Jeddah on 24th June.
Khan said, “It feels great to be back in India today, it’s my fourth time here. We are sportsmen and boxers and just want get in the ring and have a great fight. Neeraj is a great champion and for me he is a fighter that I will have train to my best for,”
“I would like to thank the Saudi government and General Sports Authority for giving us this opportunity. It will be the first time a British Pakistani will fight an Indian boxer and can bring the two nations together through sport and boxing. We just want to get in there and get the fight on,”
“Thank you to WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman for recognising this historic fight in Saudi Arabia by commissioning a special Pearl Championship belt to be made that will be fiercely fought for between me and Goyat.”
Goyat said, “I believe both our countries can come together and watch this historic moment. I’m not interested in the borders between our countries. This fight is to bring the countries together. In fact, it would be great to have more boxing fights between us in the ring. I can’t wait to fight Amir and the best man will win in Saudi Arabia.”
Bill Dosanjh, founder and promoter of Super Boxing League, said “No other sport can generate a fascination with the public like boxing and this is a fight that everybody will want to see. For a country like India, I believe it is one of the biggest fights ever as it is the battle between the two nations for the sake of building peace. Amir Khan is the one who believes in taking the risk so I can say it will be a tough fight. Lastly, I would like to thanks the Saudi government and sports authorities for making this happen.”
WBC President President Mauricio Sulaiman said, “I’m truly honoured that the WBC will provide this historic fight in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with a beautifully crafted championship title belt that will reflect on the enormous magnitude of the occasion. The finest craftsmen will spend many hours and days to produce a stunning and invaluable one-off belt that the winner of the fight will have truly deserved.”
The press tour will continue tomorrow in Karachi, Pakistan, before heading to London, England next Thursday (6 June) and then Jeddah, KSA (24 June).