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Fagan aims to take Khan chance

Updated: Saturday, 29 Nov 2008 09:43

Oisin Fagan and Amir Khan will both be under pressure to win on 6 December in London
Oisin Fagan and Amir Khan will both be under pressure to win on 6 December in London

Oisin Fagan is planning to give himself an early Christmas present by grabbing the chance of a lifetime with both hands by beating Amir Khan.

The Dubliner faces Khan in London on 6 December with the Englishman looking to bounce back from his sensational first round knockout defeat to Breidis Prescott.

A second successive defeat for Khan would all but end the grand plans made for the Bolton native since he turned professional following his Olympic Silver medal in 2004.

Fagan believes that pressure will play into his hands in London next month.

‘I’m coming to London to win, no doubt about that,’ insists Fagan.

‘I wouldn’t have taken the fight if I didn’t think I could win it. Of course I’m going to be the underdog but that’s ok, I’m well used to that and I kind of like that “me against the world mentality”, it helps to fire me up.

‘There's no doubt I'm being overlooked by Khan his team, they obviously see me as a soft touch but they'll be in for a shock if they think I'm just going to fall over. This is a huge opportunity for me and I intend to grab it with both hands.’

Fagan, who graduated with a degree in Political Journalism following a soccer scholarship in the U.S. returned home to Ireland earlier this year and says that the timing of the Khan fight couldn’t have been any better.

‘This fight has come at the perfect time for me. I came back home to Dublin in the summer after being in the States for a good few years and I’ve come back to a terrible economy.

'I was a schoolteacher in Oklahoma but I was finding it hard to get a job at home since coming back so the Khan fight came along at just the right time for me. I know a win over Amir can catapult me into the European and World title picture.’

Fagan has based himself at John Breen’s gym in Belfast in training for the fight and he says that Khan’s main weakness is no secret.

‘I do think he’s chinny, but let’s face it, that’s hardly breaking news, everybody knows he is and the facts speak for themselves.

‘He’s been down numerous times even before he was knocked out last time. He was floored heavily in the amateurs and since he’s turned pro he’s been down against guys who aren’t known to be punchers and of course the Prescott fight proved it beyond doubt.

‘That doesn’t take away from the fact that he’s a great fighter. He's great ability and he's lighting fast but he’s a great fighter with a serious, serious flaw, his chin.’

The Dubliner is refusing to make any predictions but he’s promising Khan one thing.

‘He’s going to be in for a real fight. I might not be able to match him for skill but I don’t think he’s going to be able to match me for heart, pride and desire.

Fagan concluded: 'I've a heart that's second to none. I’m a very proud Irish man and every time I step into that ring I feel like I’m representing my country as well as myself and that really drives me on in there because I want people to be proud of me.’