Amir Khan announced a return to the old days on Thursday at the London leg of his media tour for a fight against India’s Neeraj Goyat next month.
Pakistani-born Briton Khan faces Goyat for the one-off WBC Pearl Welterweight Title on July 12 at the King Abdullah Sports Complex.
At the press conference, Khan revealed his new training team to help him prepare for the fight. The event sees him reunite with renowned US trainer Alex Ariza and his partner, Former WBA World Super-Bantamweight Champion, Clarence “Bones” Adams.
Speaking about his return, and the fact Pakistani Prime Minister and former cricketer Imran Khan will be ringside, Khan said, “We are boxers and professional sportsmen. It’s great that India and Pakistan should fight each other in sports like cricket, boxing and other sports.
“The rivalry is intense between Pakistan and India and it should stay in the sports field. They will be trying to beat each other in sports and more of that needs to happen.”
Also confirmed this week was the addition of bantamweight star Prince Patel to the undercard.
Nicknamed ‘Britain’s Most Active Boxer’ by WBN, Patel has fought fourteen times in the last sixteen months.
Unbeaten Patel from Acton, London, was confirmed as one of the British attractions on Khan-Goyat.
Patel will face fearsome Venezuelan puncher Michell Banquez for the IBO World Bantamweight Championship.
On his next challenge, Patel said, “I’ve been fighting all over the world. I’m looking forward to my next stop in Saudi Arabia.
“This is a fabulous opportunity to showcase my skills on such a high profile event. I will rise to the occasion.”
“Nations Connect” takes place on Friday 12th July. The King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia will host.
The press tour for the WBC Pearl Title and IBO title showdown will conclude in Jeddah, KSA on 24 June.