MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Amir “King” Khan of Britain is expecting to have a better 2013 campaign after a subpar 2012 that saw him lose by knockout and then change trainers.
Khan was brutally knocked out by unbeaten American Danny Garcia in the fourth round of their light-welterweight clash last July 2012. He would also fire his trainer, Freddie Roach, and begin working with Virgil Hunter.
“Next year should be a very good year for me,” Khan told Boxing Scene. “In April, I’m looking at it being a fight in the 140-pounds division for a world title, and then at unifying it with the Garcia fight if he gets through his fight with Zab Judah.”
Khan ended his 2012 campaign on a high note after stopping the previously unbeaten Carlos Molina in the 10th round last December 15, but his main goal is to avenge his loss to Garcia.
“Boxing is a sport where one punch can change a fight, but hopefully he wins that fight, I get through mine in April, and then maybe at the end of the year, it will be a good fight with him,” Khan said.
Khan’s loss to Garcia in July was his second straight defeat, after being outpointed by Lamont Peterson in December 2011.
But the Briton is confident that he can defeat Garcia in a rematch, especially after changing trainers.
“I was beating him (Garcia) convincingly, and then got caught with a shot... I got caught with a shot I shouldn’t have been caught by,” he said. “Maybe I was too confident, thinking I was untouchable and that no one could hurt me.”
“But it is all about regrouping and I will be back stronger now. My new trainer is going to help me a lot, and I already see a change in my style,” Khan added.
“We are not going to make these mistakes again and we are not going to be giving opponents a chance now.”
Garcia has said that he is open to fighting Khan again, although he has left it up to his promoters to handle the issue.