Amir Khan’s opponent Neeraj Goyat has been forced to withdraw from their upcoming scheduled fight due to injuries inflicted in a car crash.
Khan will now take on Australia’s Billy Dib, a 50-fight veteran from Sydney and former world featherweight champion, on July 12 in Saudi Arabia.
“We are very sad to inform that our star Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat, who was preparing for his mega-fight against Amir Khan, met with a car accident last night that has caused him severe injuries on his head, face and left arm,” promoter Bill Dosanjh told the Indian Express.
“He is currently in hospital and we wish him a speedy recovery.”
British-Pakistani hero Khan and India’s star Goyat were due to make history when the two nations were scheduled to meet in the boxing ring for the first time ever with the specially commissioned World Boxing Council (WBC) Pearl Welterweight Championship on the line.
Two-time world champion Khan suffered a controversial stoppage defeat to the hands of Terence Crawford in a WBO welterweight title fight back in April but had aimed to rebound against Goyat.
Speaking to the media about longstanding rivals Kell Brook and Manny Pacquiao, Khan has been quoted as saying: “These names have always been spoken about and I really feel like those fights are still out there.
“The Brook fight is still out there, definitely. In Britain it would be a huge fight.
“There are still a lot of fights that [promoter Eddie Hearn] can make for me. I want to fight the top names.”
Dib, the 33-year-old stepping in to face Khan, went onto say: “In life you get a limited number of opportunities to do something monumental, and like the greatest in any industry will tell you, when an opportunity comes knocking you answer. This is my real life Rocky moment.”
By Kenny Leavett.