Star Pakistan origin boxer Amir Khan has claimed that Vijender Singh is scared to face him as a fight didn’t take place even after Amir expressed his desire numerous times. The 32-year-old two-time World Champion would be facing India’s Neeraj Goyat in a Super Boxing League exhibition.
The British boxer, who has a Pakistan origin, had expressed his willingness to take on India’s Olympic bronze medallist on previous occasions but an arrangement never took place. Now after Khan accepted to fight Goyat in the WBC Pearl World Championship bout in Jeddah on July 12, he has bragged that the Indian has been afraid of him.
“I have always expressed my desire and tried to fight against Vijender but I think he is scared of me,” Amir said during the announcement of his bout, named ‘The Shinning Jewel’, reported PTI.
“It was time an Indian boxer fight against a world champion and I am glad that Goyat has accepted the offer. What Vijender couldn’t do, Goyat will be doing,” added Khan, who would have to move from his preferred super welter weight category to welter weight to fight Goyat.
Hailing from Matore village of Kathua tehsil in Pakistan’s Rawalpindi, Khan had become the youngest British boxer to win an Olympic medal - a silver in 2004 Athens Games before he turned professional.
While the fans wait for the much-anticipated clash between Vijender and Amir, Super Boxing League creator Bill Dosanjh has been of the opinion that Vijender would have to raise his game magnanimously to fight a boxer like Amir.
“Vijender has to step up. He has to step up his game. Till now he has not fought any world champion boxer in his professional career,” Dosanjh said.
Amir’s next opponent, Goyat, has been a former Mixed Martial fighter and has trained at the Army Sports Institute in Pune. He would be moving to the UK to train now.
“I will start training for the bout in the UK. I need to be 100 per cent ready for the fight. I have everything to lose and Goyat has everything to win. I always wanted to fight Amir but my condition was that he has to fight in my welterweight category. He is a true fighter as he accepted my offer,” Goyat said.
“For me the best training centre is Army Sports Institute in Pune. Before my last fight I trained there and now also I will train there before taking on Amir,” he added.