Amir Khan says he'll come back stronger than ever after taking a break from the sport. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Amir Khan is making no excuses for his stunning Saturday loss to Danny Garcia, and said in an official statement to press and his fans that he's going to rest for Ramadan, and figure out his next step going forward.
Here's what Khan said in his official release:
"I would like to thank all my fans and well wishers for the amazing support I've had from you since my defeat on Saturday night. Obviously the fight never went as planned but credit has to go to Danny Garcia who caught me with a good shot in the third round that I couldn't fully recover from.
"I guess that's boxing, where one punch can change everything, it's the reason so many fans love the sport. Many fighters down the years have bounced back from defeat to prove their greatness and that's exactly what I intend to do.
"I've never shirked any challenge or refused to fight anyone in my division even though it would have been easy for me to do so. Some may say that attitude is the wrong one to have but I've always wanted to please the fans and be involved in exciting fights because many of you pay good money to come and watch me, and it's only right that you get to see the best fighting the best, especially in an age when so many top fighters hand-pick opponents.
"I'm going to spend the next few weeks relaxing during Ramadan and recharging my batteries after what was a 16 week training camp for me. I'll then sit down with my team to assess the options in front of me.
"Well done to Danny Garcia on his performance, but I promise that I'll bounce back stronger than ever as I look to regain my spot at the top of the 140lb division."
The end makes it sound as though Khan (26-3, 18 KO) does indeed want a rematch with Garcia (24-0, 15 KO), and I don't think there's anything unusual about that. I don't see Team Garcia chasing it -- Al Haymon fighters generally don't chase anything, as the world tends to come to them no matter which network is hosting the fight -- but it could happen if Garcia gets a major offer and is confident he can repeat, and he should be confident. All he's done in his career so far is win over his skeptics and prove his believers right.