Amir Khan isn’t so much of a profit-maker in the UK anymore, as he’s in the US. So when he returns to the UK after almost 5 years, in an effort to rebuild his career, facing Canadian boxer Phil Lo Greco, on April 21, there are no more than a few hearts for him to win back.
He has come a long way ever since winning the Olympic silver medal in 2004, and then turning professional later.
The last time Amir Khan stepped into a boxing ring, in a packed Las Vegas arena consisting of 20,000 fans, on May 7, 2016, he had gone up against a much bigger Saul Canelo Alvarez. The Mexican professional boxer came from behind and knocked Khan out in the 6th round. Anyone who witnessed that fight would have every reason to wonder if Amir Khan should still fight again. Here’s what he had to say about him taking on Alvarez.
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Regardless of what people might be saying about him, Amir Khan has never lacked heart. Being 31 now and not having a lot of fights left in him, people were slightly disturbed to hear him say in a recent interview, “I don’t think those knockouts are going to affect me. I would rather get knocked out by one punch against Canelo than take numerous punches. I’ve not taken that many really. I’m quite lucky that way.”
He further added that everything has been good for him lately. He’s been training hard and has been feeling better than ever. In his opinion, he’s at the peak of his career right now and is way smarter and fitter than he was at 28. Amir’s best performances have come after he’s got beaten. He always went back to the drawing board and worked on his skills to emerge a better fighter.
Whether it is greed, delusion or plain optimism which is driving him, his friends hope that it’s nothing but the latter. Two years is a fairly long time as far as competitive boxing is concerned, particularly in the lighter division where every year slows down one’s reflexes and experience doesn’t easily repair the past wounds.
Regardless, Amir looks determined to start afresh, and has signed a 3 fight deal with the Sky and Matchroom. Only a month ago he parted ways with Virgil Hunter, his tutor from the West Coast, under strange circumstances. The seasoned American trainer withdrew from the scene citing unknown health problems, refusing everyone’s calls. Khan thereafter signed up with Joe Goossen, the person who has guided popular champions like Michael Nunn, Joel Casamayor, Gabriel Ruelas and others.
It’s hard to say how Amir Khan will fare against Lo Greco. In the event that he loses to Lo Greco, it’d be the end of his career. The Canadian has never fought for a proper boxing title ever since he turned pro 12 years ago. Although Lo Greco has won 28 out of his 31 fights, it seems unlikely that he’ll make it 29 this Saturday.