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Amir Khan wins WBC global welterweight title

Amir Khan wins WBC global welterweight title

In fairness to Dib, a late replacement after original opponent Neeraj Goyat was injured in a vehicle accident, isn't a nautral welterweight.

But this was an altogether different level and given Khan's skills, it was not hard for the 32-year-old to look impressive at what had been dubbed the "Red Sea Fight Night" extravaganza.

On the Dib fight, he said he felt "very comfortable".

In a battle of former two-time champions, Amir Khan (34-5, 21 KOs) dropped Billy Dib (45-6, 26 KOs) twice to stop him in the fourth round.

The 32-year-old from Bolton was back in the ring for the first time since his controversial WBO welterweight title defeat to Terence Crawford in April.

And Khan admitted that he is targeting a fight with Manny Pacquiao next.

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Dib, who stepped up two weights for the fight, was dumped to the the floor in the fourth round after an explosive array of shots from Khan, and the towel was immediately thrown in.

The stoppage was a merciful one by Dib's trainers because he was clearly outmatched and he would have just taken more damage throughout the fight.

"I slowed myself down a little bit instead of rushing all the time", he explained. "Hopefully we come back again at the end of the year and bring Pacquiao here".

Next up for Pacquiao is a WBA super welterweight title fight with Keith Thurman and Khan thinks his former sparring partner will have too much for the American. "I was seeing everything, making sure I was putting in the right shots".

"Of course, I would have loved to have more time to prepare but it's okay", added the Sydney-born fighter, who had to move up to make his welterweight debut after being roped in in June.