Khan faced career crossroads when fight vs Pacquiao collapsed
British boxer Amir Khan feared for the worst when his supposed showdown with Manny Pacquiao last year fell apart.
The bout with Pacquiao was supposedly Khan’s ring return after he got knocked out cold by Canelo Alvarez in 2016.
“When that fight didn’t happen it put me on a really bad downer. I thought ‘where am I going to go from here’. I really put all my eggs in one basket and thought ‘this is the fight I really want,’” Khan told Sun Sport.
“Then I had the hand injury, and I was waiting for the hand to get better. “When Pacquiao went and I heard Kell Brook went up a weight I thought ‘where do I go from here.’”
Pacquiao went on to fight Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia while Khan is on his way to ending a two-year hiatus on April 28 in Liverpool, England against an opponent yet to be named.
The 31-year-old Khan, who owns a record of 31-4, 19 knockouts, aims to prove that he can come back and contend for the crown again.
“It’s all about now, rebuilding my career, making the big fights happen, there are some big names out there. I want to fight for a world title within three fights. I really belong at world title level, getting into the ring in Liverpool is just going to get me back moving again, it will show me where I am, and how long I need for a world title fight.
“I want the big names. I don’t want the easy fights, but then again I want to see how I feel and how my body feels. I want to fight whoever is at the top, that’s the type of fighter I am.”
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