British superstar Amir Khan is still embarrassed over what took place in his last fight.
Khan, an overwhelming favorite to win, was dropped by Samuel Vargas during their contest. In the late stages of the fight, Vargas managed to rock Khan with a hard hook. In the end, Khan walked away with a unanimous decision win, in a fight many had expected to end within six rounds.
For the bout with Vargas, Khan trained under the wings of Joe Goossen. And now Khan has reunited with his longtime trainer Virgil Hunter, who recovered from a life-threatening illness.
Khan is now facing one of the most challenging fights of his career, when he takes on WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford on April 20th at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Crawford is regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport. He captured his first world title at lightweight, unified the entire junior welterweight division, and now makes the second defense of his welterweight title against Khan.
“I should never be put down by a guy like Vargas,” Khan told BT Sport . “I got caught with an overhand right – I saw it coming but I just didn’t move, I was too relaxed.
“I got caught with it and I thought ‘damn, that shouldn’t haven’t happened’. I wasn’t hurt, it was just a flash knockdown, but I shouldn’t have been caught. I had to go back to my boxing and be smart.
“Virgil is quite cool, he knows sometimes anything can happen in a fight and that one big punch can land and put you down, He just wanted me to move forward, learn from the mistakes I made in the last fight and improve for the next fight against Crawford.
“There’s no point looking back too far, it’s all about improving and since I’ve been here I’ve been doing that. Defensively I’m a better fight and I’m moving better.”