Townsville boxer Chris Khan has had some terrible luck across recent months, with several opponents on different cards falling through, denying the 23 year old the chance to step into the professional ranks.
He will however get his chance this Saturday when he takes on Travis Barton at the Aitkenvale PCYC as part of the undercard to Josh King’s WBO title fight.
A veteran of 80 amateur bouts, including numerous titles as a kid, Khan took a 2 year hiatus from the sport, but after starting a family made the decision earlier in the year to step into the paid profession.
Originally scheduled to fight Barton in May on the undercard of Mark Flanagan and Daniel Ammann’s Australian title fight, the bout was cancelled just days prior when Barton sustained an injury.
Khan was then pencilled in to fight again in June, but suffered more disheartening news when his opponent received a cut in sparring and was forced to withdraw, once again with notice too short for replacement opponents to be organised.
“It has been a frustrating and disappointing couple of months, but unfortunately this stuff happens in boxing.” Khan’s trainer Scooter Hooper said.
“I have been really pleased with how Chris has handled the news and he has kept himself in the gym and stayed hungry when he could have easily lost his motivation.”
The same fate almost struck Khan this time around, with original opponent Jonathon Taylor bowing out due to injury. Barton has however stepped in to replace him and set up a showdown some 4 months in the making.
“The cancellations while disappointing have almost been a blessing in disguise.” Hooper explained.
“Chris is physically and mentally better prepared now than he’s ever been and I couldn’t be happier with where he’s at. We are excited to finally get his debut out of the way.”
Doors open Saturday night at the Aitkenvale PCYC at 6.30pm with action kicking off at 7pm.