LOS ANGELES - Britain's former Olympic silver medallist Amir Khan has set his sights on becoming one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world in the next two years.
Khan enhanced his glowing credentials by beating veteran Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera in March and will have his first crack at a world title when he takes on Andreas Kotelnik of Ukraine for the WBA world light-welterweight belt in June.
"I think I have improved by a big 20percent probably over the last 12 months," Khan, 22, said.
"I have especially improved my defence and my patience. Now I am staying nice and cool in fights, watching everything that is going on and following the right shots at the right time."
Khan has clearly benefited since linking up with American trainer Freddie Roach, the mastermind behind Filipino Manny Pacquiao's stunning second-round knockout of Britain's Ricky Hatton in an IBO light-welterweight title bout on Saturday.
"I've got the best team behind me," said Khan, the lightweight silver medallist at the 2004 Athens Games. "I've got Freddie Roach and the Wild Card gym.
"I think I've done my time now and I'm going to win this fight [against Kotelnik] hopefully and it will take me to bigger and better things.
"Freddie said to me that within two years, when I hit my peak at 24, he will have made me a machine. I will be a machine where no one will touch me and I will be one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world."
Khan's victory in March over the seasoned Barrera, a former seven-time world champion at three different weights, has made him the favourite for his June title bout in Britain with Germany-based Kotelnik. - Reuters