Amir Khan‘s ring comeback will see him face Phil Lo Greco in Liverpool on April 21.
Khan recently signed a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn after a spell out of the sport, and the 31-year-old is now in training for his return.
“I can’t wait to get back into the ring on April 21 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool,” said Khan.
“Phil Lo Greco will be coming with everything to win this fight and I’m not going to give him an inch. He’s an aggressive fighter who is always looking to press the fight and come forward. That makes for a very exciting and action-packed fight for the fans.
“That makes for a very exciting and action-packed fight for the fans.
“I respect him as a fighter and know he will be coming with big ambitions, but I’m going to put on a great performance and prove to the boxing world that the ‘King’ is well and truly back.”
Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fought to a draw in the hotly-anticipated world middleweight title showdown in Las Vegas.
Golovkin was bidding to defend his WBC, WBA and IBF belts against Alvarez in the bout at the T-Mobile Arena.
But the match was too close to call, with the judges declaring a split draw at the end of 12 rounds – when many believed that Govolkin would walk away the unified champion.
The scores declared by the judges were: 118-110 (Alvarez), 115-113 (Golovkin) and 114-114.
Twitter reacted in kind.
Boxing is a mad game. pic.twitter.com/Nyzywv8H7O
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 17, 2017
Both fighters can hold their heads high tonight but this fight wasn’t close to a draw! #canelovsggg
— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) September 17, 2017
I thought GGG won. Those scores were just bananas.
— Jerry Ferrara (@jerryferrara) September 17, 2017
.@GGGBoxing showed the world just how good he is. Said he never fought no one. Everyone dodging him till he’s nearly over the hill.
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) September 17, 2017
Adelaide bird gave Canelo 10 rounds lmao
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) September 17, 2017
I think ggg won. They need to let them go 5 more rounds. Or a draw and fight again next week lol
— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) September 17, 2017
— Ken Walker (@RollPlanes__) September 17, 2017
— Jimmie Rivera (@JimmieRivera135) September 17, 2017
Also, that wasn’t a draw. At all. GGG
— Will Cain (@willcain) September 17, 2017
I tell you which boxing match didn’t end in controversy and everyone went home happy … (/ducks) pic.twitter.com/ARoZoKrRG7
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 17, 2017
Did they bring these judges over from Australia? 😂 #CaneloGGG
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) September 17, 2017
British boxer Amir Khan fears Conor McGregor could face serious injury as the Irishman prepares to face Floyd Mayweather here Saturday.
Former light-welterweight world champion Khan told the MMA Hour he believed mixed martial arts star McGregor could be hurt in what he expects will be a one-sided meeting with Mayweather in Las Vegas.
McGregor has never fought in a professional boxing contest and is a huge underdog against Mayweather, a 49-0 fighter regarded as one of the best boxers in history.
“It’s like a tennis player trying to play badminton,” Khan said. “So he (McGregor) should not show too much too balls in this fight. If he starts getting a beating – step out man,” he added.
“He needs to think about himself in this fight, because if he gets seriously injured, he might not ever be the same fighter or he might not even fight again.”
Khan’s fears reflect wider misgivings by some in the boxing community who believe Saturday’s money-spinning superfight should never have been sanctioned on safety grounds.
The head of the Association of Ringside Physicians, Larry Lovelace, is among those who believe Nevada should not have granted a licence to the fight.
“We were very surprised this bout was even sanctioned and was going to be permitted to carry on,” Lovelace was quoted as saying by the New York Times.
“The thing I really fear, truly fear, is that somebody’s going to get really hurt.”
The Nevada State Athletic Commission, which sanctioned the fight, has a financial interest in the fight going ahead, earning a slice of the gross ticket receipts.
With the bout expected to bring in more than $60 million at the gate, the commission could earn as much as $1.2 million.
But Bob Bennett, the executive director of the commission, hit back at suggestions of a conflict of interest.
“As a regulator, I take offense to the fact that we’re approving this fight for fiduciary reasons,” Bennett said. “That’s totally unfair, and it’s simply not true.”
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) August 25, 2017
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