Neeraj Goyat Meets With Car Accident, Ruled Out of Amir Khan Bout
27-year-old Neeraj met with the accident when he was returning home after training.
27-year-old Neeraj met with the accident when he was returning home after training.(Photo: AP)

Neeraj Goyat Meets With Car Accident, Ruled Out of Amir Khan Bout

Indian pro boxer Neeraj Goyat has been hospitalised after suffering "severe injuries" following a car accident, ruling him out of next month's WBC Pearl World Championship clash against British star Amir Khan.

The 27-year-old from Haryana met with the accident when he was returning home after training.

“We are very sad to inform that our star Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat, who was preparing for his mega fight against Amir Khan, met with a car accident last night that has caused him severe injuries on his head, face and left arm. He is currently in hospital and we wish him a speedy recovery,” a media statement said.

"We are in the process of looking for Neeraj's replacement," it added.

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The Indian pro-boxer, who was the WBC Asia welterweight title-holder, was supposed to take on Amir, a two-time world champion and Olympic silver-medallist, at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah on 12 July.

According to the 27-year-old from Haryana, it was supposed to be the biggest test of his career.

Amir held the WBC silver welterweight title from 2014 to 2016 but his bid to become a two-weight champion fell short in his last outing against Terence Crawford in New York for the WBO welterweight title.

Neeraj has a record of 11 wins including two knockouts.

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