Bolton’s finest Amir Khan is ready to put recent troubles firmly behind him to concentrate on one big run at reaching the pinnacle of the sport again.
It’s been six and a quarter years since ‘King’ Khan ruled over the super-lightweight division as unified champion and the 2004 Olympic silver medallist has been on the outside looking in ever since.
Losses to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia meant a move up to welterweight in 2013, but despite five wins in a row Khan failed to land either a world title shot or pound for pound stars Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
Frustrated at the lack of big fights, Khan then made what by his own admission was a wrong move by heading up to 155 pounds to face then middleweight belt holder Saul Alvarez in 2016, a chance which ended in a bad sixth round knockout.
A further absence of over sixteen months has followed as Khan comes to terms with the public end of his marriage and recovers from injuries which have dogged his career for the majority of the last few years.
Now back to full fitness, Khan wants to make a big impact before he eventually hangs up his gloves.
“A lot has happened in my life, with personal issues and family drama and everything, with the hand operation,” Khan told the Sky Sports podcast.
“I think it’s time now where I come back and I shine. I’m only 30 years old. People forget how old I am. I’m at the peak of my career now.”
On when and where he may fight again, Khan added:
“I can’t wait to get back into the ring and I want to fight December time.
“I think the next fight might have to be in the UK. My home is in England and I’m a British fighter. I want to fight in front of my fans in the UK,” he stated.
Khan has already ruled out facing Kell Brook in a British super-fight in early 2018 meaning the much sought after encounter could be off the table as his arch-rival contemplates a move up to 154 pounds.