Khan eyes April action

Amir Khan is targeting April for his return to the ring and hopes a rematch with Danny Garcia can be made for later in 2013.

After back-to-back losses against Lamont Peterson and then Garcia, Khan concluded 2012 on a more positive note last weekend with a 10th-round stoppage win over Carlos Molina. And looking to the year ahead, the Bolton fighter is planning for his next bout to be in around four months' time, with another showdown with Garcia to come after that.

Khan told Press Association Sport: "The next fight is going to be around April time. That will give me a nice little break. Then I want to be back in the ring again and then trying for the rematch with Danny Garcia. Next year should be a very good year for me."

He added: "In April I'm looking at it being a fight in the 140lbs division for a world title, and then at unifying it with the Garcia fight - if he gets through his fight with Zab Judah (in February).

"Boxing is a sport where one punch can change a fight, but hopefully he wins that fight, I get through mine in April and then maybe at the end of the year it will be a good fight with him."

In what was the third defeat of his professional career, Khan was knocked to the floor three times by Garcia en route to a fourth-round stoppage in Las Vegas.

The 26-year-old has since switched trainers from Freddie Roach to Virgil Hunter and he feels confident mistakes he made against Philadelphian Garcia - who has indicated his willingness to fight Khan again if a satisfactory deal can be struck, but a reluctance for it to happen in England - would not be repeated in a rematch.

"I was beating him (Garcia) convincingly and then got caught with a shot - I think I was beating him more easily for the first two or three rounds than I was Molina," Khan said.

"I believe in myself in that fight. I got caught by a shot I shouldn't have been caught by.

"Maybe I was too confident, thinking I was untouchable and that no-one could hurt me. But it is all about regrouping myself and I will be back stronger now."

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