Amir Khan returns to the ring this weekend for the first time in nearly two years when he faces Phil Lo Greco at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
A lot has happened in the time he’s been away from boxing since been knocked out by Canelo Alvarez in May 2015 – all the way up at middleweight.
Surgeries, personal problems and more are now all behind him and one gets a genuine sense that Khan really has the hunger and love back for boxing this week.
He’ll be facing a rugged operator in Lo Greco who no doubt will look to make it a rough fight.
Speaking on a William Hill Facebook live video this morning, Khan said he is ready for this:
“He can fight on the inside. We’ve worked on that with Joe Goossen. We’ve worked on a lot of the inside work. He’s going to have a shock if he wants to fight long, mid or short-range – we’re going to have answers for him. I’ve done my home work.”
Khan added that the change in trainer is temporary due to his regular coach Virgil Hunter being unwell at the moment:
“Joe stepped in with obviously Virgil not been too well and boom we got on with each other so well, and things just kind of cracked on.”
He continued to say:
“He’s not changed much of my style. He just wanted to correct a few errors on the defensive side.”
Defense has been the main chink in the Khan armor in the past, but his exciting offence has often made up for it.
Say what you want about him – Amir Khan is more often than not in exciting fights.
Saturday should be no different.