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Khan: I'll be back
Amir Khan has vowed to return to the light-welterweight division once he has taken a break to reassess his defeat to Danny Garcia.
Khan suffered a fourth-round stoppage by Garcia in Las Vegas on Saturday night, slumping to the second brutal knockout of his career, and has faced calls to retire, most notably from IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch.
However, the 25-year-old released a statement on Monday afternoon saying: "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."
He added: "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 say that attitude is the wrong one to have but I've always wanted to please the fans and be involved in exciting fights.
"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."
David Haye, who flattened Dereck Chisora in five rounds at Upton Park on the same night, believes Khan remains a box-office attraction.
"People are writing Amir Khan off, but they do that at their peril," Haye told Radio 5 Live. "He's been written off in the past when he was knocked out by Breidis Prescott. People said he was finished, that he was chinny and had no heart.
"But he came back and won world titles. Lennox Lewis was knocked out twice by Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman, should he have given up then? He will still get the big fights, guaranteed, because he's Amir Khan and puts bums on seats.
"It was just an off night for him and he'll make everybody eat their words, just like he did after losing to Prescott."