British Boxer Amir Khan opened himself up to his Twitter followers after hosting an Ask Me Anything (AMA) of sorts on his twitter account. The 30-year old encouraged his Twitter followers to send him questions while picking out a few and answering them candidly.
Khan picked out a few positive, honest, and good-natured questions and comments and responded to them. However, a couple of tweets would definitely stick out to hardcore boxing fans.
A user named Gary Cohen asked Khan "Why have you wasted the best years of your career by not fighting? #kingkhan," using the hashtag Khan directed his users to use for the AMA.
Indeed the Bolton-born boxer has long been accused of not fighting enough for a boxer of his calibre. Khan last appeared in a brutal knock out loss to Mexican foe, Canelo Alvarez on May 7th 2016, which saw him lying motionless on his back in the middle of the ring for what must have seemed like an eternity to him.
The Canelo fight also came after a similar lengthy layoff, after having last fought Chris Algieri in a unanimous decision win a year prior. The former WBA light-welterweight champion currently does not have any fight scheduled after a superfight with Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao fell through earlier in the year.
Khan cites the lack of fights in his schedule as one of the reasons he is participating in this year's reality show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Outta Here!
"I'm still a boxer, I'm training but there's[sic] no fights on. So I thought 'I've got time to do this show, so why not?' I'm only going to be away from training and home a few weeks. I'll use it as a detox at the same time."
When Twitter user Gary Cohen raised the issue Amir Khan was quick to reply "come[sic] off a bad hand injury"
After his spectacular KO loss to Canelo Alvarez, Khan revealed to The Sun a hand injury that has plagued a majority of his professional career. Khan admitted that the injury had gotten bad enough to the point that "I've only been punching with 30 or 40 per cent[sic] power because it was so bad."
He also defended his move of keeping the injury secret; "I kept the news of my hand injury quiet from everyone. I had to because I didn’t want any of my opponents to know about it, I didn’t want to give away an advantage."
Since then The Brit Boxer who was one of the most highly touted prospects to come out of England in his younger years has had surgery on his hand and hopes to come back to ring in better shape than ever before.
"I know in previous fights I have hurt guys with my injured hand, and doctors have said to me I was only punching with 30 or 40 percent power because it was so bad.
“It has crossed my mind what I could have achieved without an injured hand. I would have more knockouts under my belt and I would have been a lot more confident going into fights."
After a year of drama outside of the ring, Khan is looking forward to coming back to his best.
"I am going to go into fights now knowing I have power in this hand and it is alright. That in itself is a massive confidence boost.
“I’m really excited to get in the ring and punch somebody in the face."
Khan has publicly said that he hopes to fight in the first half of 2018 but has yet to book an opponent and has long angled for a bout with Manny Pacquiao. With the Pac-man set to face Australian Jeff Horn in a rematch, the Brit will have plenty more time to heal his newly repaired hand.
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