Former world light welterweight champion Amir Khan (33-5) will have an unusual next opponent. The Pakistani Brit is set to participate in an exhibition boxing fight with former MMA fighter Neeraj Goyat from India.
The fight will be taking place in Saudi Arabia on July 27 and it will be part of India vs. Pakistan boxing event with the pair headlining the night.
The last couple of days Khan is in Saudi Arabia for contract negotiations and if everything goes according to plans, he’ll get £7million.
Amir last fought in April when Terence Crawford defeated him in the 6th round. It was a pretty controversial fight because Khan got hit in the groin area and said he couldn’t continue the fight and therefore Crawford was crowned as the winner. A lot of fans and boxing pundits stated that Khan took the easy route and didn’t want to get KO’d by “Bud” who did whatever he wanted to do in the fight.
Meanwhile, the Indian Neeraj Goyat is a 27-years-old boxer from India who has 2-0 MMA record before making the switch to boxing in 2011. Between the ropes, Goyat is 11-3-2 and it’s ranked as the best Indian welterweight boxer.
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He’s also ranked 21 by WBC and his last bout was in April when he defeated Carlos Lopez Marmolejo via UD in a 6-round fight. The fight between Khan and Goyat won’t go in their official records and there won’t be ringside judges.