BRADFORD: British-Pakistani boxing star Amir Khan has signed a three-fight deal with Eddie Hearn’s promotions company Matchroom Boxing.
The 31-year-old will end an absence of more than 18 months when he returns to the ring at The Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK on 21st April, with an opponent to be announced.
Khan’s decision to sign with Hearn will come as a surprise to some, given that the former two-weight world champion has publicly voiced his dislike for Hearn in the past, when he was attempting to force through an all-British grudge match against Kell Brook, who is also promoted by Matchroom.
Since his last fight in May 2016, when he was brutally knocked out in Las Vegas by Mexico’s Saul ‘Canelo’ Álvarez after stepping up two divisions to middleweight, Khan has undergone surgery to fix a longstanding problem in his right hand, and also starred in the British reality TV show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here.
“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.”
“Just as important a factor was the opportunity to fight in the UK for the first time in five 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 am delighted to welcome former unified world champion Amir Khan to the Matchroom Boxing and Sky Sports boxing team,” added Hearn. “Amir is one of the biggest names in the sport of boxing and his return on 21st April in Liverpool will be the first time he has boxed in the UK in five years.”