Australia’s Billy Dib has replaced Neeraj Goyat as Amir Khan’s opponent in a boxing bout that is to take place in Saudi Arabia on July 12. India’s Goyat was ruled out on Wednesday after being injured in a car crash.
“Our new opponent is Billy Dib, a two-time world boxing champion. He will come up to fight me, just like I had come up to fight Canelo (lvarez). He feels he is confident and wants to fight me so my next opponent is Billy Dib,” Amir said in a video posted on Facebook.
“I hope Neeraj recovers quick and gets fully fit again,” he added.
The 33-year-old Dib is a veteran of 48 professional bouts and his last fight ended in a defeat to American Tevin Farmer for the IBF world super featherweight title. Dib held the IBF featherweight title from 2011 to 2013, and the IBO super-featherweight title in 2008. He had announced his retirement after that, but eventually reversed the decision.
On Wednesday, it was revealed that 27-year-old Goyat had met with an accident while travelling from Yamunanagar to Mohali.
“Neeraj Goyat, who was preparing for his mega-fight against Amir Khan, met with a car accident that has caused severe injuries on his head, face and left arm. We are in the process of looking for Neeraj’s replacement,” fight promoter Bill Dosanjh said.