Australian boxerBilly Dib's audacious attempt to cause a shock against Amir Khan has ended in embarrassing fashion after he was stopped in just the fourth round of the bout.
After an fantastic build-up at the packed King Abdullah Sports City, which included performances by American superstar rappers Tyga and Rick Ross, the electric atmosphere was cranked up during the singing of the Saudi national anthem.
During the fourth, Khan battered Dib with a variety of punches to send him down for a second time and this time Dib's corner threw in the towel.
"I want to thank Billy and his team for taking this fight on such short notice", Khan said after the win.
On the Dib fight, he said he felt "very comfortable".
It was a great confidence booster for Khan after retiring in his corner in his last fight against undefeated American WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford.
"Of course, I would have loved to have more time to prepare but it's okay", added the Sydney-born fighter, who had to move up to make his welterweight debut after being roped in in June.
"Hopefully we come back again at the end of the year and bring Manny Pacquiao here". Let's hope he comes to Saudi Arabia.
Khan was originally scheduled to face Neeraj Goyat in the first ever Pakistan-India showdown in a boxing ring, but the original opponent withdrew after being injured in a auto accident.
"I slowed myself down a little bit instead of rushing all the time", he explained.
Pacquiaio, now 40, fights Keith Thurman over the World Boxing Association welterweight title in Las Vegas next weekend.
"I was seeing everything, making sure I was putting in the right shots, I felt very comfortable in there..."
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