The Evolve MMA athlete reckons that his recent form may have created the wrong impression, but he is hell-bent on getting the win this Friday, 22 November, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
“I want to prove that I belong here because right now I’m coming off a losing streak, so a lot of people are doubting me,” the 25-year-old Singaporean martial artist said.
“I just want to prove to myself that I am a top-level [athlete] and that I can come back and rise again.”
Khan has bounced back from defeats several times, stringing together a couple of victories with jaw-dropping endings.
His professional career began in defeat, but it marked the beginning of three back-to-back knockouts against top opposition.
Thailand’s Shannon Wiratchai handed him another defeat in May 2015, and just like he did before, the young star did not let that loss interfere with his dream as he went on a six-match win streak that caught the eyes of the world.
Defeats gave him a new drive and a couple of lessons he would put to good use against a rival from across the border.
“I just learned to be more patient. I feel like I was rushing, and more focused on the outcome rather than the fight. Towards the fight I would be looking at what happens after the fight like I’m going to celebrate, I want to win, and how I feel after the fight – I have been focusing on that, instead of like the fight itself,” he admitted.
“So, right now, whatever I can control, I just focus on that, which is my training and how I prepare for the fight. I do not try to think about whatever happens after my fight.”
This mindset should set Khan up nicely as he prepares against a guy like Ting.
Both warriors own several highlight-reel finishes, and they should put up a good battle when they meet for the first time on the global stage.
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