Amir Khan and Phil Lo Greco have had an entertaining build-up (Picture: Getty Images)
MANCHESTER: BRIT boxing champ Amir Khan insists that he’s at the peak of his career at age 31 as he prepares for what is supposed to be a tune-up this Saturday night on April 21 against the 5’6” Phil Lo Greco at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) was knocked unconscious in the 6th round in his last fight by Saul Canelo Alvarez in 2016, and he’s been out of action ever since then.
Khan believes he’s now a more serious and complete fighter than he was when he fought Canelo. Khan has learned his lesson about mixing it up with his more powerful opponents.
Khan says he’s taking fewer chances now when sparring, and he’s more wary when it comes to getting out of the way of shots. It’s good to hear, but it still might not help him survive for long against the bigger punchers in his comeback. Even Lo Greco might have enough power to get Khan out of there.
Khan says he feels better physically at 31 than he did at 28. Let’s hope for Khan’s sake that he is better because he’s not going to last very long in this sport if he keeps getting knocked out by his opponents.
Khan does have a little bit of an excuse for his latest knockout. He moved up to middleweight to fight a guy much bigger and stronger than him in Canelo Alvarez. However, if Khan had faced a welterweight like Errol Spence or Keith Thurman, he likely would have been knocked out just as bad. With those guys though, they would have had the athleticism and the engine to get to Khan’s chin a lot faster than Canelo.
Khan had better be fully focused on using his boxing skills this Saturday night against Lo Greco, because the Canadian is going to be looking to end the fight with a single punch at all times. Lo Greco is going to be highly dangerous inside the ring.
Khan has never been tested at 147, and you’ll still be able to say that on Saturday because Lo Greco is not a welterweight. He fights at 154 and he’s not one of the better fighters in the division. He was just one of the names that Khan’s new promoter Eddie Hearn put on a list of beatable fighters for Khan to pick from for his fight this Saturday.
“I’m 31, at the peak of my career and I don’t think those knockouts are going to be really bad,” Khan said to ESPN-UK. “I feel physically better than I did when I was 28. I’m a little bit more wary, I’m a bit smarter now. I’m letting my skills win me rounds in sparring.”
I hate to say it but Khan sounds like he’s out of touch with reality. His peak past him by in his rear-view mirror ages ago. He’s now just someone getting by on his hand speed, and that probably won’t take him very far.
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— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) April 16, 2018