Khan makes big plans after Sheffield win

Amir Khan: Fighting at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on April 27, 2013.
Amir Khan: Fighting at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on April 27, 2013.
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Amir Khan intends to enjoy a rest - and his wedding - before resuming his quest to regain a world title towards the end of the year.

The Bolton fighter hopes to have put himself back in the frame for title fights following his points victory over Mexican Julio Diaz at Sheffield Arena on Saturday.

It was the 25-year-old’s second successive victory since the damaging back-to-back losses to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia which saw him surrender his world light welterweight belts.

Khan hopes to be back in the ring, probably in the United States, in December but before that he has the small matter of his wedding in New York to fiancee Faryal Makhdoom.

Khan said: “I am getting married in about a month’s time.

“That is one of the reasons I will only be fighting twice this year, and then there is Ramadan, so I will start from there.

“I am looking forward to the wedding. It is going to be a busy time for me, the middle part of this year.

“Then hopefully towards the end of the year all that will be cleared and I can start focusing on training again.”

Garcia and Peterson are once again both potential opponents.

Garcia retained his WBA and WBC light welterweight titles with victory over Zab Judah on Saturday night.

He could now fight the winner of next month’s contest between Peterson and Lucas Matthyse, with Khan a potential opponent for the victor of that bout.

Another option for Khan could be step up to welterweight and look to take on IBF champion Devon Alexander, if he comes through his fight with Britain’s Lee Purdy next month.

Khan, speaking at his gym in Bolton, said: “Welterweight - could be. I am getting bigger and older, filling out in this way.

“Maybe that could be a good division, but I am just waiting on a few opponents, seeing how a few results go and taking it from there.

“So there is nothing yet. There are a few routes we will be looking at.

“There are a few names I am trying to get and I should have some answers in a week or two’s time.”

Khan’s defeat of Diaz came on the same bill as his brother Haroon’s points victory over Brett Fidoe on his professional debut.

Amir said of 21-year-old super flyweight Haroon: “He can go all the way, as long as he keeps on focused and training hard.

“He wants to go far, win titles, become a champion and be the best.

“As long as he works hard, trains hard and doesn’t cheat himself, I think he has a very bright future.”

Haroon Khan is now hoping to secure a second fight on the undercard to the Alexander-Purdy meeting on May 18.