Amir Khan sets sights on world title fight next after beating Julio Diaz

 

Britain's Amir Khan wants his next fight to be for the world title in the United States in December.

The former world light-welterweight champion recovered from being floored by Julio Diaz to secure a hard-fought win over the Mexican on Saturday.

"There are a few names we're looking at," he said. "I want to face the likes of Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson.

"I want to regain the world title and then jump into the ring with Floyd Mayweather and other big names."

Khan's record

  • Total fights: 31
  • Wins: 28
  • Wins by KO: 19
  • Defeats: 3

Speaking to BBC Sport, Khan added: "I think my next fight will be in the States. Most title holders are in America and not many like to travel.

"It's difficult to get a fight in England. They're not like me who will travel to another country, even when I'm world champion."

The Bolton fighter added that he expected to find out the identity of his next opponent in the next couple of weeks.

Bolton fighter Khan, lost his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles to Peterson in 2011, before being reinstated as champion after the American failed a drugs test.

However, Khan lost the belt again in July 2012 when he was stopped in round four by Danny Garcia.

The 26-year-old returned to winning ways with victory over Carlos Molina before beating Diaz at the weekend.

Peterson faces Lucas Matthysse in May, with the winner fighting Garcia. The eventual victor is likely to fight Khan in December.

Khan said he would now take a "nice, long break" ahead of his wedding next month before beginning training again - with an eye on spending more time in the United States.

Out until December

Because of Khan's wedding to Faryal Makhdoom next month, followed by the Muslim holy month of Ramadan (9 July - 7 August), he will not box again until December when he could fight for one of his former world titles

"I think we'll look at more frequent camps there," he said. "I fight twice a year and if you take such big gaps off, you miss half of the year and it's wasted. So the plan is to spend more time away on camp."

Despite suffering a heavy knockdown against Diaz, Khan insists it was just a mistake on his part and has no plans to change his style.

"I was off balance and just got collared at the same time," he said. "It's a learning curve. If I was on balance I would have been fine.

"I wasn't really hurt from the knockdown. I knew I'd made a mistake. Overall, I was happy with my performance. The pace of the fight was good but I've still got a few things to work on."