As Amir Khan enters the last leg of his pro career, the fighter wants to cement a “great legacy” in his last remaining fights. Khan is still weighing up his options on who he will be facing in the coming months, a fight against arch-rival Kell Brook has been rumoured to be in the works. After almost two years out of the sport, Amir Khan returned home to the UK to face Phil Lo Greco in April who he easily dispatched within 40 seconds at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
This was Khan’s first bout since May of 2016, after he moved up to a catch-weight of 155-pounds and was knocked out cold in the sixth round by then WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez.
Amir Khan knows that he only has a limited amount of time to cement his legacy, so his next opponent will need to be a big draw. Other than Kell Brook, the Bolton fighter has called out Adrien Broner, while a fight will Kell Brook could help cement his legacy, and he wants to prove that he is still one of the world’s top fighters. I doubt it would be the next fight in-line Khan
Amir Khan ideally wants another fight in September before a bumper domestic clash with Kell Brook, you can say what you like about Khan. But one thing you cannot take away him, he has never ducked anyone. Earlier this year, Khan signed a three fight promotional contract with Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport with a view to making negotiations easier for the Kell Brook fight with both fighters being under the same stable. After his battering of Lo Greco, Khan is now back in the mix with other top welterweight names.
Amir Khan had to replace to his coach during camp for the Lo Greco fight, his head trainer Virgil Hunter became ill, Khan began working with veteran coach Joe Goossen. The two seem to have really hit it off and Khan will continue to work with him.
“I’m back with a big bang, and I had to make a statement when I came back,” Khan told Sky Sports. “I think I made that statement. It’s all about now being smart and finishing off, and leaving a great legacy.
“It’s been a long time I’ve been out of the ring, a lot has happened in my life. I was down a lot and I needed to get back in the ring.
“I’m happy in the ring. I’m a happy person when I’m fighting, and I’m glad I’ve got the opportunity to do that now. I never want to be back in that position again.”
Amir Khan feels his power has returned after overcoming problems with his troublesome right hand when it took him only 39 seconds to stop Lo Greco. Following the vicious loss to Canelo, Khan underwent surgery on his hand – that has finally corrected an injury that bothered him for several years.
“I’m sitting on my shots a little bit more,” said Khan, who underwent hand surgery in the summer of 2016.
“I’ve been working on my power. My hand is better now. I’m hitting with more confidence.”