Authors: Rio Sports
Amir Khan decided to work with Eddie Hearn while alone with his thoughts on I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!
The welterweight has signed a three-fight contract with the promoter he has long spoken of disliking and will return to the ring after a near two-year absence at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on 21 April.
It will also be five years since Khan last fought in the UK, during which Hearn has repeatedly tempted to lure him into a fight with long-term rival Kell Brook.
“I was in the jungle, on my own and thinking about where I wanted to be in my life,” Khan said. “I wanted people to see the real side of me and then I wanted to get back on the boxing scene with a bang. The only way to do that is with someone established.
“I’ve got two or three years left in me and want the best fights of my career. We decided to put our egos to one side, and start working with one another, and forget about the ‘he said this’. It’s business, isn’t it?”
It is understood Khan rejected an offer from ITV to work with Hearn’s Matchroom, which made its approach before his time on reality television late last year. Asked if he ever envisioned a period when he would work with Matchroom, Khan said: “No. It’s a little surreal. Eddie’s good at that.”
A potential difficulty in making the fight between Khan and Brook is that the latter has moved up to light-middleweight, a division seven pounds higher than where Khan will remain. Confirmation of his return also comes after a period in which he had been recovering from an operation on a long-term hand injury and difficulties in his personal life with his wife Faryal Makhdoom.
Khan, who last fought in May 2016 when he was knocked out by Canelo Álvarez, added: “I’m coming back fresh, with no injuries. The hand’s brilliant; there’s no pain there. I’ve had a pain for the last eight years of my career. It always used to hurt me and I always used to fight through it and it feels a lot better now.”
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