The former unified light-welterweight world champion has not fought since stepping up to middleweight to do battle with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in May 2016, but will resume his career nearly two years later. I want to win the world championship. He said that next few years are going to be final years of his boxing career as he's now 31 and has few fights left. "Get Me Out of Here", Khan is looking to put all that behind him.
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Promoter Hearn said: "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 United Kingdom in seven years".
Though Spence (22-0, 19 KOs), the IBF welterweight champ, and Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC), the WBA/WBC champ, have attractive alternatives, including a fight against each other, they could make big money for facing Khan, especially in England. "It will probably bring the best out of him and we will give something back to the fans for helping us throughout our careers".
That humbling experience also focused Khan on ending his feud with his previous promoter, Eddie Hearn, who he had accused of being the "unlikeable" barrier to a long-awaited domestic blockbuster of a fight with Kell Brook.
"The plan is to box in April and then again in August or September in preparation for a super fight in Winter 2018". Eddie, in my view, is the best promoter in the UK.
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'That's one of the reasons why I keep away from Eddie Hearn and his shows, I just don't want to be in that drama'.
'He's very disrespectful and he's never come clear with me.
And he said his time in the jungle was crucial in allowing him to think about his boxing career. If he really wanted the fight between me and Kell Brook, he should not be speaking to me, he should be speaking to [my adviser] Al Haymon.
It will also be five years since Khan last fought in the United Kingdom, and since then Hearn has repeatedly tempted to lure him into a fight with rival Kell Brook, contributing to the tension between them.
With Brook already signed on to fight Sergey Rabchenko in March of this year, Hearn is keen for Khan to fight a significant opponent, knowing full well it could be a warm up to the much awaited Brook-Khan fight. And April 21 is going to be a lot of fun.