Amir Khan taking positives from tough battle against Julio Diaz
Amir Khan says Saturday's hard-fought points win over Julio Diaz was just what he needed.
Last Updated: 30/04/13 11:51am
Khan was floored in the fourth round and rocked several times by the Mexican veteran but managed to hold on to claim a points victory at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena
The 25-year-old, without world belts since back-to-back defeats to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia in 2011 and 2012 respectively, now hopes the result puts him back in the frame for title fights.
"I wanted a tough fight and one the fans were going to think it was a good fight to go to," said the Bolton fighter.
"You want to give people their money's worth and they got that in a good, explosive 12 rounds.
"Sometimes tough fights can be bad for you but I think that one will do me good.
"I needed a fight like that to take me to the next level up.
"I told people beforehand I was fighting a good Mexican fighter - Mexicans come to fight and Julio said he was in the best shape ever. He came to win.
"Julio gave it 100 per cent, but so did we. I was put down in round four. Although Julio caught me with a clean shot, I was a little bit off balance at the time.
"But I took it, I said 'fine' to the referee when he scored a knockdown. I put my hand up and blamed myself for taking the shot and being off balance.
"It is something I am going to learn from."