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Amir Khan stops Billy Dib in fourth round to set up Manny Pacquiao fight

Mirror logo Mirror 12/07/2019 Declan Taylor
WBC International Tittle Fight Amir Khan vs Billy Dib at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium Jeddah Saudi Arabia 12/07/2019
Amir Khan vs Billy Dib
Round 1 action
Pic Dave Pinegar/Maynard Comms © Dave Pinegar WBC International Tittle Fight Amir Khan vs Billy Dib at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium Jeddah Saudi Arabia 12/07/2019 Amir Khan vs Billy Dib Round 1 action Pic Dave Pinegar/Maynard Comms

Amir Khan kept up his bid for a big-money winter clash with Manny Pacquiao by blowing away Billy Dib in Jeddah.

Khan arrived in Saudi on a mission to make a statement which would lure Pacquiao into a fight with him in the desert.

His reputation suffered a blow in April when he was unable to continue against Terence Crawford after he was hit below the belt by the pound-for-pound ace in the sixth round of their New York encounter.

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Khan remains adamant he did not quit in the Big Apple but the Bolton man had no trouble admitting he would jack it all in if he was beaten by Dib, the former world featherweight champion and veteran of 50 fights.

Dib was only supposed to be boxing on the undercard in Jeddah but was promoted to the main event after Khan's original opponent, Neeraj Goyat, was forced to withdraw due to injuries sustained in a car crash.

The Australian insisted he was using Andy Ruiz Jr as his inspiration after the heavyweight underdog stunned Anthony Joshua on only a few weeks notice.

a person standing in front of a crowd: Khan made short work of his stand-in opponent © Dave Pinegar Khan made short work of his stand-in opponent

But, despite weighing only a pound less than Khan at Thursday's weigh-in, the former featherweight world champion was clearly the smaller man.

After a bizarre build-up at the packed King Abdullah Sports City, which included performances from a pair of American rappers, the roof nearly came off the arena during the Saudi national anthem.

Khan raced into action and landed a pair of early left hooks as he looked to utilise his height and reach advantage.

He did just that early in the second when a sizzling left hook dropped Dib heavily.

He rose at the count of eight and managed to hang on until the end of the round but more punishment followed in the third.

Amir Khan standing in front of a crowd: Khan celebrates his win over Dib © Dave Pinegar Khan celebrates his win over Dib

And it was all over after 1:06 of the fourth when Dib was decked for the second time and the towel came in from the Aussie's corner.

Now Khan can put his feet up and watch Pacquiao take on Keith Thurman next weekend knowing he has kept up his side of the bargain in their potential deal.

Khan said: "We want the Manny Pacquiao fight. Let's hope he comes to Saudi Arabia.

"I think whenever I fight I always make it very exciting – the people here love a fight.

"I felt very comfortable in there, obviously having a new trainer Bones Adams, we had to work on a strategy.

"I wanted to slow down a little bit and I was seeing everything and making sure I was picking the right shots."

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