Amir Khan cruises to fourth-round knockout of Billy Dib to win WBC international title in Jeddah and keep alive hopes of facing Manny Pacquiao
- Amir Khan seized the WBC international welterweight title by beating Billy Dib
- Khan floored Dib in the second round with a left hook to take early advantage
- The bout was halted in the fourth round when towel came in from Dib’s corner
- Khan was back for the first time since controversial defeat by Terence Crawford
Amir Khan required just four rounds to knock out Billy Dib to claim the WBC international welterweight title in Saudi Arabia.
The British fighter outgunned an inferior opponent in every department at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, and in doing so keeps alive hopes of facing Manny Pacquiao in the ring.
Dib’s corner threw in the towel after Khan showed his hand speed to floor the Australian for the second time with a flurry of body shots.
Amir Khan seized the WBC international welterweight title by emphatically beating Billy Dib
Khan outgunned his opponent over four rounds to take the comfortable victory in Saudi Arabia
Former world champion Khan had earlier signalled his intent by putting Dib on the canvas with a superb left hook in the second round.
The 32-year-old from Bolton was back in the ring for the first time since his controversial WBO welterweight title defeat by Terence Crawford in April.
He was originally scheduled to meet Neeraj Goyat.
Khan initially knocked down Dib in the second round before applying more pressure
Dib began to struggle before his team eventually threw in the towel and called an end to it
Khan was originally scheduled to meet Neeraj Goyat but the Indian pulled out due to injury
But Indian Goyat was forced to pull out after suffering serious injuries in a car accident in June, leaving Dib, a former IBO super-featherweight and IBF featherweight champion, to move up the weights and step in.
The 33-year-old Dib had announced his retirement after a points defeat to Tevin Farmer in an IBF super-featherweight bout in Sydney last August.
He struggled to make an impact on his return in a bout which was one-sided from the opening bell, and was comfortably beaten after failing to cope with the superior skills of Khan.
Khan celebrates after his comfortable win at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah