Amir Khan becomes WBC worldwide welterweight champion

Ross Houston
July 14, 2019

Former world champion Khan signalled early intent by putting Dib on the canvas with a superb left hook in the second round.

After an wonderful build-up at the packed King Abdullah Sports City, which included performances by American superstar rappers Tyga and Rick Ross, the electric atmosphere was cranked up during the singing of the Saudi national anthem.

The 33-year-old had originally been slated to fight on Khan's undercard, but after the British star's original opponent suffered a vehicle accident, Dib stood in as a replacement.

During the fourth, Khan battered Dib with a variety of punches to send him down for a second time and this time Dib's corner threw in the towel.

In his post-fight interview, Khan said: "I felt very comfortable in there".

Khan, the 32-year-old from Bolton, was back in the ring for the first time since his controversial WBO welterweight title defeat to Terence Crawford in April.

The Sydney-born fighter, who has held a world title at featherweight, moved up to make his welterweight debut having only been confirmed as Khan's opponent last month.

"Hopefully, we come back again at the end of the year and bring Pacquiao here".

Khan will now watch Pacquiao take on Keith Thurman next weekend in Las Vegas, knowing he has kept up his side of the bargain in their potential deal. "I wanted to slow down a little bit and I was seeing everything and making sure I was picking the right shots".

After the fight, Amir Khan said he hoped to come to the Kingdom more often, praising the "great show in Jeddah", and said there were "many more to come in Saudi Arabia" in a tweet.

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