Exclusive: Amir Khan eyes UK ring return, talks Kell Brook disrespect, injury and targets

Joe Hewlett 10/08/2017

Amir Khan has revealed he is closing in on a return to boxing after almost fifteen months out of action. The two-time world champion has been recovering from two hand operations since taking time out after his defeat to Saul Canelo Alvarez to address the problem.

‘King Khan’ has revealed he expects to be fighting before the end of the year.

“I definitely wanna be in the ring around November, December; I’m still with Al Haymon,” Khan exclusively told World Boxing News.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been in the ring and with all the stuff that’s gone on in my career, there’s been a lot of ups and downs , with the hand operation and the divorce of my wife. I think I’m going to have a tune up fight, get moving on and take it on there.”

Asked upon whether he had overcome his recent injury, he responded: “The hands feel good, I had the first op and I was in training camp with Virgil and I hurt my hand again and that was just a little bit of the hand that hadn’t recovered so I had to have another little op to make sure its going to be 100% and since then it’s been great, I’ve had no problems at all, I can’t wait to get back into the ring.”

Khan will continue to venture at the 147lb limit with the vision of capturing a world title being his ultimate aim.

He admitted he would relish the chance of fighting back in the UK but blamed the politics behind the boxing scene for his four-year absence.

“We’ll see what happens it’s just a shame that I don’t get on with Eddie Hearn, if there was respect between us then I would have loved to of fought here more often and have done something with Eddie Hearn’s team but the thing is, it doesn’t make sense because they just talk s***.

“Every time we try to make fights, for example the Kell Brook fight it’s just gone to s*** really because these people just want to try and rip you off. I’ve been in the game a long time and they just try and mug you off, it’s very disrespectful.

“The only promoter I’d like to work with is Frank Warren because in my opinion, he’s always been fair with me and he’s always been straight with me,” he added.

The superstar concluded he’d like to bring over a big name to England next year.

“I’d like to bring an American to the UK, which gives it a bit of a twist. I miss fighting in the UK and I want to put on a big fight over here where I’m going to put smiles on their faces. The likes of a Danny Garcia rematch, Peterson and Thurman are the ones I want.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95