Indian star Neeraj Goyat has vowed to knock former world champion Amir Khan spark out when the pair meet in Jeddah on July 12.
Despite boasting just two stoppages from his eleven wins, Goyat is confident he can cause and Andy Ruiz-like shock next month.
Ruiz dropped Anthony Joshua four times in a dramatic New York encounter. Goyat aims to put Khan on the canvas, citing previous frailties to the Briton’s chin.
Goyat is fired up by underdog Ruiz’s victory over Joshua last Saturday night.
“Indian and Pakistan need to do this more often, especially in boxing, do all the fighting in the ring,” said Goyat.
“I can’t wait to fight Khan. He’s been dropped in the first by Terence Crawford. And in the second against Samuel Vargas. It’s my turn to drop him. It won’t be third time lucky for him.
“I’m going to knock him out cold in the third. It’s a time for upsets just like you saw with Anthony Joshua last Saturday night.”
Goyat faces Khan for the one-off WBC Pearl Welterweight Title, a specially sanctioned title for the occasion.
At the London press conference on Thursday, Khan revealed his new training team to help him prepare for the fight. The event sees him reunite with renowned US trainer Alex Ariza and his partner, Former WBA World Super-Bantamweight Champion, Clarence “Bones” Adams.
Speaking about his return, and the fact Pakistani Prime Minister and former cricketer Imran Khan will be ringside, Khan said, “We are boxers and professional sportsmen. It’s great that India and Pakistan should fight each other in sports like cricket, boxing and other sports.
“The rivalry is intense between Pakistan and India and it should stay in the sports field. They will be trying to beat each other in sports and more of that needs to happen.”
Also confirmed this week was the addition of bantamweight star Prince Patel to the undercard.
Nicknamed ‘Britain’s Most Active Boxer’ by WBN, Patel has fought fourteen times in the last sixteen months.
Unbeaten Patel from Acton, London, was confirmed as one of the British attractions on Khan-Goyat.
Furthermore, Patel will face fearsome Venezuelan puncher Michell Banquez for the IBO World Bantamweight Championship.