Khan continues winning streak
Six months after an emphatic knockout victory in Las Vegas, Haroon Khan made a convincing return to the ring as he continued his unbeaten streak in Blackpool.
The 22-year-old super flyweight cruised past Bulgarian opponent, Stefan Slavchev, in four rounds to clinch a unanimous points decision.
Fighting in front of his brother, the young Bolton ace took little time to cement himself as the dominant force in the fight, with his 20-year-old opponent hardly landing a punch throughout the contest.
The result was never in doubt after the fourth round, with victory seeing Haroon’s unbeaten start to his professional boxing career extended to three fights.
Speaking to the Asian Express, Haroon expressed his delight at getting back in the ring.
“I was really happy to be back competing and winning again,” the former Commonwealth Bronze medallist said.
“It was a good test of fitness more than anything because, unlike my last fight, this one went all the way to a decision.
“I won my last fight within a minute because I was fresh, coming off the back of a bout just four weeks before so I was in great condition. This time was different. I hadn’t fought for almost six months so I wasn’t as ‘ready’ as last time and so it was a different kind of test.
“At the end of the fight I was happy with my fitness levels and it shows that I am ready to be stepping up to the six-round contests next where I am confident of continuing my progression.”
Khan came into the fight with little knowledge of his opponent yet controlled the fight throughout.
He added: “I didn’t know an awful lot about him; I had seen some videos and clips but it’s the same with every fight, you are always going into it, not knowing everything.
“You have to figure out your opponent in the first round and that’s exactly what I did. I caught him early in the first and felt comfortable in my ability from then on.”
Next up for the rising star is a December (14th) bout against an unnamed opponent. With little time in between fights, Haroon now hopes to continue gaining experience in the ring and push for a title next year.
“I’ll take it step by step but 2014 will be a much busier year for me than this one,” he said. “I hope to have a fight every six weeks and it is my target to, some point next year, have a shot at an English title.
“From now on, I know every fight will get harder and harder but that is exactly what I want. I need to continue fighting better opponents to improve and ultimately succeed.”