Exclusive: Amir Khan heads stateside, sets up Al Haymon meeting on future

Joe Hewlett 16/08/2017

Amir Khan has revealed he jets back to America this week to begin training camp in San Francisco with American coach Virgil Hunter.

The British superstar has admitted he will make a detour and attend the cross-over fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor as well as meeting up with promoting mogul Al Haymon.

“I go back to training camp tomorrow (Wednesday) in San Francisco, it’s nice to go back to training and do what I do best. I’m also going to go to the mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor because it’s a fight that might never happen again in history so why not be part of history in a way,” Khan exclusively told World Boxing News.

“My hand is feeling really good and strong. The doctor said I was only using 40% of my power during recent fights and so I can’t wait to return to training and do what I do best,” he added.

Khan has outlined there’s a catalogue of potential opponents for his next fight and is adamant of going to war with his long-time arch-rival Danny Garcia once again.

He said: “It’s been over a year-and-a-half so I want to get back in the ring and get them cobwebs off but I’m at that level now where taking a year or two off you can just get straight back into it with a big name. It depends on the situation, if my team say, ‘look, we can get the Peterson fight or Garcia fight for a world title then why not?

“Even if it isn’t for a world title fight, I want to avenge my loss against Garcia. It’s more realistic than ever, and with Al Hayman, he has all the fighters.

“When there’s a fight with myself, I do sell tickets and I am a big name. I bring a lot of money to the table; TV companies would pay big money for whenever I fight.

“Al Haymon always has a plan, I want to have my input in as well, so we’ll see,” Khan added.

The 30-year-old has confirmed his hotly anticipated return to the ring will be in November with the venue being open to discussion.

“I want to win another world title with myself having the name in America as well as the UK we can push to get them big fights against Peterson, Garcia and the Pacquiao fight.

“There’s lots of talk about that (the Pacquiao fight) but I’m not really interested in it because I know Manny goes through a lot of drama himself so I just wanna step back on that and focus on myself first.

“I want to be back in the ring by November time, I spoke to Al Haymon in the week and he wants to sit down and have a chat with me.

“It’s always best to see each other and plan things out to see what’s best when meeting people, so we’ll take it from there.

“I would love to return and fight in the UK,” he concluded.

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