Amir “King” Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) will step into the ring for the first time in nearly two years, taking on Phil Lo Greco (28-3, 15 KOs) in a 12-round welterweight bout at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
When: Saturday, April 21, 10:30 p.m. BST/5:30 p.m. ET
Where: Echo Arena, Liverpool
TV: Sky Sports (UK)
Live Stream: ESPN+, Sky Go (UK)
When we last saw Khan in May 2016, he was putting up a brave but ultimately doomed effort against Canelo Alvarez.
A fight with Manny Pacquiao in 2017 failed to materialize, extending the layoff for the former world champion as he pondered his future in the sport and even participated in some reality television.
He’s back now, though, and looking to work his way up a crowded welterweight division. His return opponent, Lo Greco, has lost three of his last six fights and is a heavy underdog in this bout.
Khan, 31, is making a return in a weight class that better suits his strengths and abilities, and against an opponent who is unlikely to cause him many problems.
Khan had moved up two divisions to middleweight for the bout against Alvarez, and though his speed and jab proved surprisingly effective, his chin could not stand up to Alvarez’s precision and power. He suffered a brutal sixth-round knockout, the third loss of his career via stoppage and the fourth overall.
With a suspect chin and a distinct lack of power, Khan is better off in the welterweight ranks.
On the attack, Khan is known for his strong jab and lightning-quick hands. When in control of a bout, he likes to force the issue, stringing together his jab and power punches in rapid combination.
However, the Englishman might be more tentative than usual on Saturday. This is not only due to his long absence from boxing but also the fact he had to switch trainers in March, shuffling from Virgil Hunter to Joe Goossen, per ESPN.com’s Nick Parkinson.