Bolton welterweight Amir Khan has surprised the boxing world by announcing that he signed a three-fight deal with Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing as he continues his preparation for his eventual ring return. The announcement was conducted at the Dorchester Hotel in London.
Khan (31-4) will be returning to action following an extended layoff from the sport after being knocked out by Canelo Alvarez in May 2016, by returning in Liverpool at the Echo Arena on the 21st of April which will be shown live on Sky Sports. Amir will be fighting in the UK for the first time since April 2013 when he fought Julio Diaz in Sheffield.
Amir spoke to the press saying it was a decision which had not been taken lightly to sign up with Matchroom Boxing.
“I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Matchroom,” said Khan. “This decision is not one I’ve taken lightly, as I’m at a hugely important time in my career, but having spoken to Eddie at length, it was clear he and I were on the same page in terms of what I want to be doing and what I still want to achieve. I’m determined to win another World Championship and I’m confident I’ve got the right team behind me to help me do so.
“Just as important a factor was the opportunity to fight in the UK for the first time in seven years, and to do so with the support of the British fans and Sky Sports behind me. British boxing is in such a good place and I genuinely can’t wait to get back in that ring with the incredible home support behind me.
“I’ve been out of the ring for too long, and I’m desperate to make up for lost time, starting in April.”
Eddie Hearn, in turn, spoke about Khan’s future and laid out his ideal plans for the 31-year-old Khan.
“I am delighted to welcome former unified World Champion Amir Khan to the Matchroom Boxing and Sky Sports Boxing team,” said Hearn. “Amir is one of the biggest names in the sport of boxing and his return on April 21 will be the first time he has boxed in the UK in seven years.
“The plan is to box in April and then again in August or September in preparation for a super fight in Winter 2018. The target is to provide him with the biggest fights possible with a mouth-watering list of names including the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Kell Brook, Keith Thurman and Errol Spence. I’m excited to get started and looking forward to a huge night of boxing on April 21.”
The capture of Khan by Eddie Hearn see’s a huge thawing in relations between the pairing with Khan saying that he would find it difficult to work with Hearn due to his disrespect towards himself.