Amir Khan taking positives from tough battle against Julio Diaz
Last Updated: 30/04/13 11:51am
Amir Khan: British fighter outpointed Julio Diaz in Sheffield
Amir Khan believes Saturday's hard-fought win over Julio Diaz what just what he needed in his quest to regain a world title.
Khan was floored in the fourth round and rocked several times by the Mexican veteran but managed to hold on to claim a points victory at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena
The 25-year-old, without world belts since back-to-back defeats to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia in 2011 and 2012 respectively, now hopes the result puts him back in the frame for title fights.
"Sometimes tough fights can be bad for you but I think that one will do me good. I needed a fight like that to take me to the next level up."
"I wanted a tough fight and one the fans were going to think it was a good fight to go to," said the Bolton fighter.
"You want to give people their money's worth and they got that in a good, explosive 12 rounds.
"Sometimes tough fights can be bad for you but I think that one will do me good.
"I needed a fight like that to take me to the next level up.
"I told people beforehand I was fighting a good Mexican fighter - Mexicans come to fight and Julio said he was in the best shape ever. He came to win.
"Julio gave it 100 per cent, but so did we. I was put down in round four. Although Julio caught me with a clean shot, I was a little bit off balance at the time.
"But I took it, I said 'fine' to the referee when he scored a knockdown. I put my hand up and blamed myself for taking the shot and being off balance.
"It is something I am going to learn from."