Former world titlist Amir Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) is looking to make his long-awaited return to ring on April 21st at the Echo Arena in Liverpool England.
The Bolton boxer, who recently signed a three-fight deal with Eddie Hearn at Matchroom Sport, is looking to return to the ring after a two-year hiatus.
Khan’s last ring appearance was back in May of 2016 when he moved up to a catch-weight of 155 pounds to challenge Middleweight Champion Canelo Alvarez. While Khan did show very good boxing skills throughout the first couple rounds, he would eventually be knocked out in the sixth round.
The 31-year-old is not looking for an easy fight in his return. New promoter Eddie Hearn recently sent more than a dozen names to Virgil Hunter, who has trained Khan since 2012. The notable names mentioned were the likes of Josesito Lopez, Sammy Vazquez, Andrian Granados and Antonio DeMarco.
Hearn admitted that he is a little nervous about Khan not wanting to take any easy fight, but also mentioned this is a good thing for the fans.
While the fighters Hearn mentioned are solid opponents, none of them are near the level of Amir Khan.
Khan has been widely criticized about his ability or lack thereof to take a punch, but I think his chin is much better than one may think. Besides being knocked out by Breidis Prescott early in his career and former welterweight belt-holder Danny Garcia (a fight in which he was winning), Khan has shown the ability to stand in there when the fight gets tough and take a solid shot. Fans might forget that he went toe-to-toe with the tough and rugged Lamont Peterson, as well as the heavy-handed Marcos Maidana.
Yes, the former titleholder was brutally knocked out by Canelo, but let’s be honest, did anyone really expect Khan to stand up to Canelo’s power? I think the fact that he not only lasted six rounds with Canelo, but also troubled the Mexican with his speed and boxing skills, says a lot about the ability of the Amir Khan.
I think an Amir Khan who is focused and well-prepared can compete with some of the best the sport has to offer. His blazing hand and foot speed, along with his heart and will, makes him a difficult challenge for anyone in the welterweight division.
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