Amir Khan announces return to boxing ring

The 31-year-old has not fought since being knocked out by Canelo Alvarez in May 2007

The 31-year-old has not fought since being knocked out by Canelo Alvarez in May 2007

Two years after moving up two divisions and a unsafe middleweight fight in Las Vegas in which he was decisively knocked out in the fifth round by Mexican star Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, Khan outlined his desire to return to the welterweight division and dominate. "Away from the fun and games from some of the best TV viewing we've seen in recent years on 'I'm a Celebrity, ' the desire is to win titles".

'It reminded me that boxing is what I love and of my passion for becoming a champion again'.

"I've got two or three years left in me and want the best fights of my career".

Khan's decision to sign with Hearn comes as a surprise, with the former two-weight world champion previously making public his dislike of Hearn, as he attempted to force through an all-British grudge match against Kell Brook, also promoted by Matchroom.

Their reunion also sets up a big-money return for Khan to Sky Sports, who will screen the Liverpool return against a top-10 welterweight opponent to be named next week, a summer showdown with perhaps Brook but more likely American bad boy and four-time champion Adrien Broner, then a winter world title super-fight against Errol Spence Jnr or Keith Thurman. "I just don't like Eddie Hearn", Khan said back in August 2017.

Khan has seemingly put that feud to bed, reportedly turning down a deal from ITV to sign with Hearn.

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The Bolton boxer was speaking at the official announcement of his shock link-up with old foe Eddie Hearn at Matchroom.

'He's very disrespectful and he's never come clear with me. "Of course, he's a more known name than Kell Brook".

He added: "I'm determined to win another world championship and I'm confident I've got the right team behind me to help me do so".

"I can't really say but Kell is a lot stronger and probably on that, he's a lot harder", he said. I just don't like Eddie Hearn.

Amir Khan's father Shah Khan said that his son was focussed on training and getting ready for the next big fight and had full support of all his family.

Brook is moving up to light-middleweight for his next fight, after years of straining to scale down to welter, but Hearn says: 'Kell would go back to 147lbs if it would bring him the Khan fight'. "Last time he fought, British boxing was in a good place".

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