Amir Khan rarely has his feathers ruffled but forthcoming opponent Phil Lo Greco did exactly what he planned before their scheduled press conference on Tuesday.
The pair went face-to-face at Liverpool’s Hilton Hotel on the back of Lo Greco unveiling public plans to ‘roast’ Khan the night before.
Both men had their turns to speak but Lo Greco overstepped a boundary when he mentioned previous troubles Khan had with his now reconciled wife.
Scoring below the belt with a quip on links between Anthony Joshua and the mother of his child, Khan lost control and soaked Lo Greco with a glass of water.
A scuffle then broke out before Khan then spoke to the media to outline his plans to shut Lo Greco up inside the ring.
“Sometimes it’s a press conference and it’s about boxing not about your personal life and I do think Lo Greco took it a little bit too far by saying one or two things I wasn’t happy about,” Khan told Sky Sports News.
“He’s gone too far and even on the roof, when we did the interviews and posed for pictures together, he just kept bugging me and trying to get in my head.
“But now it’s time to focus on the fight. It’s only going to motivate me to work even harder and make sure I beat this guy – and not just beat him but do it in such quality he’ll stop sulking.
“I will let my fists do all the talking,” added the 31 year-old.
A win for Khan will be the first step on a three-fight plan to land a world title shot at 147 pounds before the 2004 Olympic silver medallist then heads north in weight to battle Kell Brook.
Promoter Eddie Hearn is hoping to stage the all-UK catchweight clash in the spring or summer of 2019 but has warned Khan his career will be over should Lo Greco pull off a shock on April 21.