MANILA, Philippines – Former world light-welterweight champion Amir “King” Khan of Britain said he will not retire even after suffering two consecutive defeats that have set back his boxing career.
Last July, Khan was knocked out in the fourth round by unbeaten American Danny Garcia, despite having dominated the earlier rounds.
The loss to Garcia came at the heels of Khan’s controversial defeat to American Lamont Peterson last December. Peterson won by split decision to take Khan’s light-welterweight titles, though a scheduled rematch was scrapped when Peterson tested positive for a banned substance.
Khan’s loss to Garcia prompted calls of retirement from some corners, but the British boxer brushed them off.
“I have always had people like that, who have criticized me in my career,” he said in an interview with Boxing Scene. “But I am only 25, and a two-time world champion already.” [http://www.boxingscene.com/khan-remain-140-decision-on-roach-coming-soon--55842
“I’ve won other titles and went to America to fight their guys. No one does what I did – going to America to fight guys in their hometown,” Khan added.
“That is how much of a professional I am, because I want to be the best.”
Khan said he has no plans of retiring and promised to bounce back from the consecutive setbacks.
“It’s boxing. You win and you lose. Maybe it was something I even needed, because I’m going to change a lot of things for next time,” Khan said.
“I promise you, I will be a better fighter,” he added. “Even though I lost that fight, I know I’ll come back stronger.”
Khan is aiming to return to the ring this December and wants a rematch with Garcia, though that does not seem possible as the American is scheduled to face Mexico’s Erik Morales in a rematch.