British boxer Amir Khan defeated Australia’s Billy Dib during their clash in Jeddah’s King Abdullah Sports City on Friday to claim the WBC international welterweight title.
After sending Dib to the canvas with a rapid combination of punches in the second round of the fight, Khan won the fight in the fourth round after striking him with a pair of hooks and a flurry of rapid punches.
The Sydney born Dib – a two-time world champion – took the fight on short notice after Khan’s original opponent, India’s Neeraj Goyat, withdrew in June after being injured in an automobile accident.
“I want to thank Billy and his team for taking this fight on short notice,” Khan said after the fight. “We have to give credit to him….he put up a great fight.”
The Khan-Dib fight was one of six bouts at the Jeddah event, which also included performances by American hip-hop artists Tyga and Rick Ross.
According to various media reports, Khan, 33, earned £7 million ($8.8 million) from the 9 minute, 51 second bout, or £11,844 per second ($14,890).
Following the fight, Dib, a 50-1 underdog who moved up in weight for the fight, tweeted that he “can’t believe I competed in a welterweight bout.”
Speaking before the fight, Khan said that the fight with Dib is “just the start” of his team’s plans for Saudi Arabia.
“We intend to make Saudi Arabia a big-fight capita just like Las Vegas, New York and London,” he was quoted as saying by the BBC. “In time I believe that it will be just as big as those cities.”
Additionally, following the fight, Khan said that he hopes to face Manny Pacquiao in Saudi Arabia later this year.
“We want the Manny Pacquiao fight. Let’s hope he comes to Saudi Arabia,” he said. “Hopefully we come back again at the end of the year and bring Pacquiao here.
A day after the fight, Khan posted a picture on Instagram from Makkah, where he went to perform Umrah with his wife, Faryal Makhdoom.
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