News March 2008

31.03.08 Kristjansen unimpressed by Khan

Khan wants a world title tilt before the year is out

Martin Kristjansen says he will expose Amir Khan's lack of experience when the two meet in an eliminator for the WBO lightweight belt in Bolton on Saturday.

The Dane, who has 19 wins from 23 fights and who has never been stopped, is determined to dash the world title ambitions of the 21-year-old Khan.

Khan in training :-

Kristjansen said: "I've seen his last three fights and I'm not impressed.

"He is strong and fast but is still young and does not have the experience that I have. I will expose him."

The pair had been scheduled to meet on 2 February, but illness forced the Slagelse native to withdraw, meaning Gairy St Clair was named as a late replacement.

The 30-year-old faces a stern challenge against Khan, who produced an accomplished points performance to beat former IBF super-featherweight champion St Clair.

But Kristjansen believes Khan and his home fans are in for a nasty shock at the Bolton Arena on Saturday.

"Khan is saying that this will be the easiest fight of his career and if he believes that then he is going to be in for a big surprise on the night," said Kristjansen.

"He might think that he can stop me inside three rounds and I will let him carry on thinking that. But I've trained for a long hard fight so he had better be prepared.

"Khan is the big star in Britain and wants to fight for the world title but he won't be getting past me."

Promoter Frank Warren is currently exploring opportunities for Khan to succeed Naseem Hamed as the youngest British world champion of all time.

Nate Campbell holds the WBA, IBF and WBO lightweight titles following his defeat of Mexico's Juan Diaz earlier this month, while fellow American David Diaz is the WBC champion.

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