Amir Khan stunned boxing fans back in January by signing a three-fight deal with Eddie Hearn’s promotion firm Matchroom.
The 31-year-old, who Hearn watched endear himself to the British public on the ITV reality show ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ during the closing weeks of 2017, had never previously seen eye-to-eye with the high-profile promoter.
However, they put their differences aside for business purposes at the start of the year, much to the surprise of just about everybody.
“It’s great to be here, we have decided to put everything behind us now,” Khan told reporters after the deal was announced.
“This is where I belong, The UK. It’s time to win titles again.
“It’s great to be back with Sky, I had some of my best times with them.
“I’m really excited for the next couple of years. I’m feeling fit and strong and I can’t wait to get back in the ring.”
Hearn drops truth bomb on Khan
Khan, who hasn’t fought since losing to Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas in May 2016, takes on Canada’s Phil Lo Greco at the Echo Arena in Liverpool this Saturday.
And ahead of the bout Hearn has dropped a truth bomb, admitting the Bolton-born boxer’s career will be over if he loses the fight.
Asked if he can afford a fifth loss as a pro, Hearn was quoted as saying by the Mirror: “Definitely not. He must win.
“The old Amir Khan would be a very, very strong favourite, but now he’s just favourite because we just don’t know how he is. The truth is he may not be the same fighter he was two years ago. I think he’s fresh, but Saturday will tell us how fresh. He could be better than anyone or he could be a shot fighter.”
Hearn is absolutely correct
Honest stuff from Hearn, whose words may just have ramped the pressure up even more on Khan.
He’s absolutely correct, too. If Khan suffers a shock defeat against Lo Greco, this would end his hopes of a big-money pay-per-view fight in December.
That could potentially be against Khan’s long-standing rival Kell Brook, according to Hearn.
“My dream scenario would be for him to fight Kell Brook in December,” he continued. “You could do it in Manchester Arena. You could do it maybe at the Principality in Cardiff.
“I don’t mind it in Manchester Arena. It’s a fight that could do 40, 50, 60,000. But also in an arena like Manchester would be fine. It all depends on them. Kell will be there Saturday, it’s a fight he wants and I think it’s a fight Amir wants too.”
A sell-out 9,000 crowd will be in Liverpool this weekend and Hearn believes Khan will be nervous as he makes his much-anticipated comeback.
“I think Amir will be very nervous, especially because he’s fighting in the UK,” he added. “It’s five years since he last fought here.
“He’s had all the stuff going on in his personal life, hand surgery, his trainer falling ill and having to get a new one in Joe Goossen, so it’s not been ideal. He has a lot of questions to answer.”