Amir Khan’s return to the ring will be broadcast on terrestrial TV in the United Kingdom following an agreement this week.
Two-Time World Champion and boxing star Khan’s history making fight against Neeraj Goyat at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The fight happens on Friday 12th July will be broadcast exclusively live in the UK on free-to-air Channel 5.
Khan versus Goyat headlines a fantastic all-action championship fight card that now includes heavyweight star Hughie Fury in a sensational showdown with Former World Champion Samuel Peter.
Plus Prince Patel and Dave Penasola both in title fights.
British-Pakistani hero Khan and India’s star Goyat make history when the two nations meet in the boxing ring for the first time ever. The specially commissioned World Boxing Council (WBC) Pearl Welterweight Championship is on the line.
The Bolton star promises a feast from the Middle East when he breaks down frontiers in the event titled ‘Nations Connect’.
He makes his debut in the MENA region and in The Kingdom for the first time in his illustrious 14 year, 38 fight pro career.
This will also be Khan’s first terrestrial TV appearance since 2010.
Channel 5 televise his ground-breaking fight to millions with the undercard also featuring on free-to-air 5 Spike in nearly 5 hours of live boxing action.
‘It’s an honour to be fighting in The Kingdom during the Saudi Seasons. A big thank you to GSA for making this happen,” said Khan.
“I can’t wait to deliver a world class performance here. To really put Saudi Arabia on the map as a boxing destination to rival any of the big fights cities in the World.
“It’s been a dream of mine to fight here for many years. I finally get to share my talent and spread boxing to new territories across the world just as Muhammad Ali did.
“Importantly, this fight against Neeraj is sending a message that our two nations, Pakistan and India. They can connect in the boxing ring and through the power of sport we can send out a positive message.”
In the opposing corner stands Indian trailblazer Neeraj Goyat. He will be eager to replicate his compatriots’ recent conquest over sporting rivals Pakistan at the Cricket World Cup.
The 27 year old former Commonwealth Youth medallist and World Youth and Military Games rep topped the bill in India’s first professional promotion in May 2015.
He also became the first from his nation to contest and win a pro title by scalping Nelson Gulpe for the WBC Asian crown.
A brace of successful defences led to Goyat being honoured as the WBC’s Asian Honorary Fighter of the Year in 2017. Plus the first Indian to crack the WBC world ratings.
Though winless in his opening four paid starts (two draws, all overseas), the 5ft 7 ½ in terror has triumphed in 11 of his last 12. The sole stain a points loss to a Mexican in Mexico.
He is also undefeated in MMA combat and yet to be stopped.