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Amir Khan dismissed the possibility of retiring after Saturday's heavy knockout defeat by Saul Alvarez (AP).

Amir Khan sets his sights on Danny Garcia after Las Vegas setback

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Amir Khan has targeted a rematch with WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia having dismissed the possibility of retiring after Saturday's heavy knockout defeat by Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

The Briton suffered a heavy sixth-round knockout during Saturday's WBC middleweight title fight with Mexico's Alvarez but having been taken to hospital as a precaution and subsequently given the all-clear, he is determined to fight on.

Khan had made as promising a start as could be expected, appearing to win at least four of the opening five rounds in Las Vegas through his speed, before Alvarez's clear advantages in size and power ended his encouraging challenge.

He remains the mandatory challenger to Garcia, who stopped him in the third round of their light-welterweight fight in 2012, and hopes he can secure a date with him in December.

Asked if retirement was an option, Khan, 29, responded: "No, I just stepped up too far. I'm in the peak of my career, everything was going fine until that one big shot.

"When a guy's a lot bigger and a lot stronger, that's what's going to happen - but I've still got a lot left in me.

"The future still holds big fights, I don't think this put me down in any way. Everything was going my way, I was winning the fight.

"I've got the Garcia fight there, I'm still (in) the mandatory position with the WBC, that's a big fight for me.

"There are big fights for me in America, even Miguel Cotto - bringing him to the UK - or Manny Pacquiao, I'd like to fight in the UK next, hopefully December.

"Al Haymon advises me and Garcia (making that fight easier to make). I've not spoke to Al yet - he wants to talk with me - I also need to speak to Virgil (Hunter), my trainer."

Alvarez's promoter Oscar De La Hoya, who while active excelled at multiple weights, praised Khan's performance and said he was capable of succeeding as a light-middleweight.

However, Khan felt the significant physical advantages Alvarez possessed and wants to return to welterweight, where he remains undefeated.

"Canelo's a very powerful guy," he said. "I'm glad I'm safe, I'm in good health. That shot would definitely have hurt a lot of people.

"Welterweight would be ideal. I probably walked into the ring at 161, 162lbs. I tried to eat and put more weight on but for some reason I just couldn't.

"Canelo must have been around 180lbs, he's a big dude. Even when I was hitting him, I could see he wasn't moving or wasn't hurt or anything.

"I jumped up too high, I didn't expect Canelo to be that big.

"(But) I'm not going to say they cheated me or anything, because I took the fight. I knew what I was getting into."

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