Khan: I'll be back
Amir Khan, pictured, has said he will not retire after losing to Danny Garcia
Amir Khan has vowed to return to the light-welterweight division once he has taken a break to reassess his defeat to Danny Garcia.
Khan suffered a fourth-round stoppage by Garcia in Las Vegas on Saturday night, slumping to the second brutal knockout of his career, and has faced calls to retire, most notably from IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch.
However, the 25-year-old released a statement on Monday afternoon saying: "Well done to Danny Garcia on his performance, but I promise that I'll bounce back stronger than ever as I look to regain my spot at the top of the 140lb division."
He added: "Many fighters down the years have bounced back from defeat to prove their greatness and that's exactly what I intend to do. I've never shirked any challenge or refused to fight anyone in my division even though it would have been easy for me to do so.
"Some say that attitude is the wrong one to have but I've always wanted to please the fans and be involved in exciting fights.
"I'm going to spend the next few weeks relaxing during Ramadan and recharging my batteries after what was a 16-week training camp for me. I'll then sit down with my team to assess the options in front of me."
David Haye, who flattened Dereck Chisora in five rounds at Upton Park on the same night, believes Khan remains a box-office attraction.
"People are writing Amir Khan off, but they do that at their peril," Haye told Radio 5 Live. "He's been written off in the past when he was knocked out by Breidis Prescott. People said he was finished, that he was chinny and had no heart.
"But he came back and won world titles. Lennox Lewis was knocked out twice by Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman, should he have given up then? He will still get the big fights, guaranteed, because he's Amir Khan and puts bums on seats.
"It was just an off night for him and he'll make everybody eat their words, just like he did after losing to Prescott."
Khan is a great guy and very fast boxer, but he cant take punches, it is very obvious now.
Paul Gascoine, a drunk, a bully and a wifebeater who threw his career down the pan......a bit like Alex Higgins did. Khan will back. He's young enough and good enough.
Of course Khan was confident in saying he can beat anyone. He's a boxer. A boxer doesnt say....
" I'm good, but there are some out there who can beat me at my best, and I know my limits" A boxer has to believe he's the best....or can be the best, or he shouldn't be in the ring.
another silly boy who cant stop talking crap
what did he say on camera
i,m gonna knock him out
he must av got his english mixed up
he meant he's gna knock me out
theres a handfull of boxers who come out with ****e before a fight
saying i'm gna do this and that
hamed was the same until he met barrera
also its daftness looking ahead to your next fight like khan always did
Laughed my **** off wen he got beat
if you read this queen khan just keep it shut before the fight as u just embarrased yerself
tyson never used to trash talk his opponent nor did holyfield
same as klitckos(the gentleman of boxing who know how to conduct themselves)
unlike the hayes and chisoras of this world
another pair of **** who talk a good fight
could u honestly see them two idiots in with the likes of tyson or holyfield or any of the top heavyweights of that era
And as for ed an the doctor talk is cheap. u wana sit behind ur computers and talk nonsense. while Amir's out there boxing and tryna become world champ. hes probably had more fights in his pro boxing carrer then both u guys have had in your whole lives. these guys wana talk about Amir gets caught out when he fights guys with real quality. well hes boxed som of the best in his divison and was also champ. ok he lost but so have all the best boxers of the past lost b4. i think u guys should try and box som of the guys Amirs fought, try and last a round. then u can come bak and talk.