Olympic silver medallist and former world champion, Amir Khan, stated that it came as a surprise when he was removed as the number one contender by the WBC.
Khan had held the position with the WBC for some time and was promised he would not lose his status as the number one contender when he stepped up two divisions to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in May 2016.
The Bolton ace is now considering a rematch with Lamont Peterson, the current WBA Regular Champion, who controversially beat Khan in 2011, before failing a drug test, which led to a collapse of their scheduled rematch.
“I am a little upset [by the WBC ruling], but it just makes the division exciting,” Khan told The Nation. “I know I can become a world champion again, if not the WBC one then maybe in the WBA by defeating Peterson, the belt I was deprived of though [Peterson’s] cheating.”
“I’m not afraid to get in the ring with any fighter, and I proved this in my last fight against Canelo who was 30 pounds heavier than me [on fight night]. I will now fight in my usual weight division, which is 147 lbs.”
Khan is also adamant he won’t let his critics phase him and plans to do all his talking in the ring.
“I don’t care about what the big mouths are saying. I will prove in the ring that Amir Khan is still the best and I will show my critics that I still have that knockout punch, a punch which has laid out many opponents in the middle of the ring.”
The former world champion has not stepped in the ring since his knockout loss to Canelo last year, mainly due to a hand injury which has caused the former Olympian trouble for some years.
Khan recently underwent surgery to fix the niggling injury and expects to return to the ring in November.
“I will speak to my manager and work this out. I will first fully regain my fitness, train very hard and then will see who wants to take me on.
“I knew it would not be easy this time around as the hand injury was a major worry, which had been irritating me for quite some time. But, now I am making a speedy recovery, and my hand is almost healed up. I am doing fine and ready to start fully-fledged training once again. I feel completely pain-free, and hopefully, after Ramadan, I will start my training camp.”