British boxer Amir Khan beat Australian Billy Dib for the World Boxing Council (WBC) international welterweight title on Friday in Saudi Arabia.
The fight took place at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah as part of the city’s “Jeddah Season: Sea & Culture” festival.
After the fight, Amir Khan said he hoped to come to the Kingdom more often, praising the “great show in Jeddah,” and said there were “many more to come in Saudi Arabia” in a tweet.
Thank you for all the support. Fight 39. Big thanks to my team Bones Adam @ArizaFitness1 and hector. @SBLHitHarder for putting on a great show in Jeddah. Many more to come in Saudi Arabia. All the best @BillyDib hope u come back stronger. Who should I fight next? pic.twitter.com/OZwTiNZLrT— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) July 13, 2019
Honoured and very lucky to have received the original cloth from Prophet Muhammed’s pbuh grave room. Will cherish this all my life. pic.twitter.com/OFUhYKYCPA— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) July 12, 2019
“I had a great time, the event was very well-organized,” said Abdulelah al-Gain, a 25-year-old Jeddah resident who attended the fight.
“Amir Khan was spectacular – Tyga and Rick Ross also performed, so we had three events instead of one,” he added.
Al-Gain also said that one of the things that made him proud “was seeing local Saudi men and women walking around the arena during the event to make sure everything was alright,” adding that it was nice seeing “an event of this magnitude being run by locals [Saudis].”
Earlier in the week, Khan had a public training session at the Red Sea mall where he said it was “lovely meeting fans in Jeddah.”
Public training session at the Red Sea mall. Amazing turn out. Lovely meeting fans in Jeddah. Love u all. pic.twitter.com/B4U4cM6auX— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) July 9, 2019
After the fight, Dib congratulated Khan in a tweet, saying: “Always believe in yourself no matter what. Mountains are there to climb - don’t avoid them because you fear failure. Better to fall short than to never try & regret.”
Always believe in yourself no matter what. Mountains are there to climb - don’t avoid them because you fear failure. Better to fall short than to never try & regret. Congrats @amirkingkhan.. all the best. To my fans & support network, luv you. #Alhumdullah pic.twitter.com/i4CWwQVv9y— Billy The Kid (@BillyDib) July 13, 2019