14 May 2008 – by Mark Doyle
Commonwealth lightweight champion Amir Khan has promised to knock out Michael Gomez when the pair collide in an intriguing contest in Birmingham on June 21.
Gomez has already stated his intention to derail Khans plans for world domination in a similar manner to his shock fifth-round stoppage of Alex Arthur five years ago.
However, undefeated Khan has laughed off the comparison and is promising to inflict a beating so severe that Gomez may choose retire after their bout.
“I wondered when Gomez would start opening his mouth, and it hasn’t taken long,” the 21-year-old Bolton native stated.
“Actually, I want him to say he is going to knock me out because it only makes me want to smash him up even more so I train harder.
“I respect Gomez because of all he’s achieved in his career, and he will be a dangerous opponent when I face him because he’ll be so fired up.
“Of course, I’ve seen his fight with Alex Arthur in 2003 a dozen times or so but that night was five years and he’s five years older and slower now.
“I’ve got youth, strength and aggression on my side. Gomez can’t keep living off the glory from that fight and relate it to how he is going to beat me.
“To be honest, it suits me down to the ground if Gomez does bring the fight to me because then I can pick him off at will.
“I’ll be too quick and too strong for him – and I’m going to show him that on June 21. I’m going to give him a real beating and don’t be surprised if he retires after it.
“I know that this fight won’t be going the distance, but there’s only one man who is going to win by knockout and that’s me, Khan declared.