Former world super-lightweight champion Amir Khan is aiming to be back in the ring at the end of this year.
The 30 year-old, who is a 2004 Olympic silver medallist, last fought in losing to Canelo Alvarez in devastating fashion a year ago having since struggled to nail down an opponent.
Khan is now observing the Muslim religious holy month of Ramadan which began on May 26 running until June 24, meaning any camp for a return to action is impossible until late summer.
The Briton has confirmed he will make his comeback by November or December before fighting again the following spring and completing three fights in twelve months in late 2018.
Should ‘King’ Khan manage to follow through with his intentions, it would represent the first time the Bolton man has fought three times in a year since 2011/2012. During that period, Khan lost to Lamont Peterson in December 2011, before being halted by Danny Garcia in July 2012 and eventually defeating Carlos Molina in December 2012 to turn his fortunes around.
Next fights will be:— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) May 30, 2017
November / December 2017.
November / December 2018. ????
Potential opponents for this year are anyone’s guess, although those dates are not consistent with staging a massive all-UK encounter with Kell Brook at an open-air stadium in his home country next time out.
Brook could be back fighting again around the same time as Khan having suffered a crushing reverse against Errol Spence following surgery on his broken eye socket. Any December Brook v Khan bout would be more likely to head to the O2 Arena in London or Manchester Arena though.
Back-to-back defeats for Brook may well have demoted the contest from the Wembley Stadium stage, although with the correct build-up - and possibly a fight in-between for both, mid-May 2018 could be the ideal time for promoter Eddie Hearn to seal the deal.
Both fighters could potentially share a bill once the new season gets in full swing but much will depend on Brook’s plans to move up to 154 or whether he can delay super-welterweight for a further year.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay