Former IBF and WBA light welterweight titlist Amir Khan believes drug testing should be made mandatory for every fighter before a bout.
Khan, who lost his WBA and IBF unified titles to Lamont Peterson in December last year, feels displeased hearing Peterson was juiced up in their December clash. Peterson was stripped off the WBA light welterweight title earlier this month, and now the vacant title is up for grabs for the Khan vs. Garcia fight, taking place on July 14 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.
“I think there’s really nothing that should be of concern to fighters signing up to random tests,” said Khan who wants to make sure every fighter is tested for drugs before he enters the ring.
“People used to point a finger at me. They’d say ‘Amir’s on something’ because I was boxing so well. I came on so much and I won world titles and beat bigger names and people were accusing me of being on something,” he added looking back at his accomplishments.
“At least I’ve proved my point, that I’m a clean fighter, and I believe every fighter on any stage – not only on the world title stage – should be randomly tested. Why should we have to trust another fighter and not know in what is a dangerous sport.”
Khan will be facing the WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia in about a week. The showdown is as important for Khan as for Garcia. For Danny, it is his career’s first mega-bout and the highest payday. For Khan, this will be a fight to prove his mettle.
Khan has earlier indicated his plans of moving up in weight. Therefore, the Bolton proud wants to ensure he is victorious before he leaves the light welterweight division.
After his loss to Lamont Peterson, Khan’s brand suffered great damage worldwide. A lot of critics and analysts, who would otherwise take a vow of silence, got their shot on the British-Pakistani pugilist.
Now, it is time for Khan to prove his worth, as a fighter and as a person.
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