Amir Khan will make his return to the boxing ring after almost two years out in Liverpool next April against Canadian Phil Lo Greco.
Khan will go into the fight as a heavy favourite but there is still a lot of debate out there as to how he will be after such a long time out of the ring.
Khan, one of the most brave and courageous fighters of his era, surely, has had these traits work against him in the past when wanting to stand and fight with boxers with perhaps more durable chins.
He’s had some vicious knockout defeats in his career to be it bluntly.
None more so than at middleweight when he last fought in May 2016 against Canelo Alvarez:
That was at middleweight, too.
Now Khan is coming back down to welterweight which if history has taught us anything in boxing – doesn’t exactly work out for fighters.
When a fighter bulks up, moves up in weight and then comes back down in weight, often times they are never the same as what they were before.
Case in point perhaps being Roy Jones Jr who when he beat John Ruiz for the WBA heavyweight title, then moved back down to light-heavyweight and suffered some horrendous knockout defeats.
Indeed, a good friend of Amir Khan, Ricky Hatton, worries for him in this regard.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Hatton said:
“But when I look at Amir, he’s had three bad knockouts and sometimes you worry can you come back from three of them. It’s hard enough to come back from one horrendous knockout but he’s had three.”
Hatton was speaking at the launch of the Ultimate Boxxer tournament this week.
Khan fights Lo Greco on April 21st at the Liverpool Arena.