Fledgling pro Haroon Khan is gearing up to embark on a career in the paid ranks on April 27 as the former amateur star makes his debut on brother Amir’s homecoming card at the Motorpoint Arena.
Whilst one-time 140lb king Amir, 26, faces world ranked Julio Diaz, 21 year-old Haroon will shed the headguard over four rounds against young Bulgarian Stefan Slavchev as the super-flyweight prospect looks to open his account in style.
“I can’t wait to get in that ring now as I have been waiting for this day for a very long time,” Khan told World Boxing News.
“I’m making super fly-weight a lot easier than I was an amateur, but I can see myself moving up slowly and this is just the start for me.”
The pressure surrounding Haroon is obviously more intense after the achievements of his elder sibling, although the 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist is taking nothing for granted and wants to build his career steadily by going the old fashioned domestic route.
“I am going to take everything step by step and not rush into things,” Haroon explained. “I want go for the English, British, Commonwealth and European titles first then go for the big one world title as Amir fought for the Commonwealth and then jumped straight to world level.
“Amir has played a big part in helping me towards my pro debut as he has been were I am now so he knows what I am going through right now.
“Even if I achieve half of what Amir has I will be happy, because what he has achieved is not easy. What I do know is that I am capable and have got the talent to become a world champion just like he did.”
Now signed to US promotional powerhouse Golden Boy’s exclusive UK stable alongside Oympian Anthony Ogogo, Haroon has the opportunity to feature on some high profile fight nights on both sides of the Atlantic, something the Bolton native is keen on to extend his ever-growing fanbase.
“Fighting in the USA is a big thing for me as once you have fought in America and made your name there, that’s when you become well known worldwide and that’s what I want to achieve. I want be a household name end of my career,” he concluded.