Haroon Khan plans big 2014

  • By: Simon Crawford
  • Last Updated: January 30 2014, 19:47 GMT

Haroon Khan has vowed that 2014 is going to be both a busy and successful year for him.

Haroon Khan: Sights set on winning a title in 2014
Haroon Khan: Sights set on winning a title in 2014

The unbeaten super-flyweight - younger brother of former world champion Amir - has made an impressive start to life in the paid ranks, winning all three of his fights last year.

But the 22-year-old is eager to step up his progress and wants to have a belt to put around his waist by the end of the year.

"2014 is going to be a big year for me," Khan told sportinglife.com. "It will be an exciting and interesting year.

"I want to be fighting every six weeks and I want to win a title - even if it's a northern area title, I want something.

"Fighting that often should be no problem as long as I can keep clear of any injuries. But my body is strong and I want to keep busy."

The 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist feels he has adapted well to life as a professional after a solid amateur background.

"I remember the first day I went into Oliver Harrison's gym after I had turned pro and how bad I was," said Khan (3-0 1KO).

"But I think I've adjusted well. I'm learning day-by-day and I feel everything is fitting into place. It's a lot of fun being a boxer and I'm loving it.

"I said from day one that I want to be a world champion and that is still my ambition but I've got to take it one step at a time.

"I've got plenty of time to achieve what I want to achieve and obviously everything has gone pretty much according to plan so far."

The Bolton fighter made his debut in front of 9,000 fans in Sheffield last April when he outpointed Brett Fidoe, before stopping Vincente Medellin after just 57 seconds in Atlantic City a month later.

His last outing was a points win over Stefan Slavchev in Blackpool back in November.

"I was so fortunate to debut on the same bill as Amir in Sheffield and then to fight in the States so early in my career was a massive boost," said Khan.

"There were people at ringside watching me such as Paulie Malignaggi and Adrien Broner and fighting abroad was such a great experience for me.

"I'm glad two of my fights have gone the distance. It's always nice to get a knockout but I need rounds as that's how you learn.

"I'll be back in Sheffield next month and I just want to keep my record going and keep improving in every fight."

Khan knew that comparisons would instantly be drawn with older brother Amir, even though they fight at different weights.

But Haroon knows it can be an advantage if his sibling gets to fight pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr later this year."

"There's a lot of talk that it's going to happen and if I could get to appear on the undercard of that then it would always be one of the highlights of my career," said Haroon.

"Amir is a great support and help for me - and he always will be. He gives me advice and I look up to him.

"There was some pressure at the start because he was my brother but I'm dealing with it now."


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