Neeraj Goyat Out of Amir Khan Fight After Car Crash, Billy Dib Steps In

By Natalie Zamudio Jun 26, 2019
Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat was hospitalized recently after a car accident left him with "severe injuries" reports ESPN. Goyat was scheduled to face Amir Khan (33-5) for the World Boxing Council's pearl world championship on July 12 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, but has now been pulled from the fight.

"We are very sad to inform that Neeraj Goyat, who was preparing for his mega-fight against Amir Khan, met with a car accident last night that has caused him severe injuries on his head, face and left arm. He is currently in hospital and we wish him a speedy recovery," Bill Dosanjh, Promoter of the Super Boxing League, said in a statement.

Not long after the news of Goyat's injuries broke, a replacement opponent for Khan was selected. The 32-year-old Brit will now face Billy Dib an Australian featherweight with a 45-5 record. Twenty-six of "The Kid's" victories have come by way of knockout, but it's unlikely that his power will travel with him on short notice as he jumps multiple weight classes to face Khan.

Dib last fought at 130 pounds and will now challenge "King Khan" for the WBO Pearl title at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds. The former featherweight champion will have a tough challenge ahead of him, especially considering Khan will no doubt be eager to erase his strange April loss to Terence Crawford from the boxing world's collective memory.

Khan-Dib hits Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on July 12.
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