Amir Khan.

Amir Khan claims Floyd Mayweather avoided him ahead of his in-ring return

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Amir Khan steps into the boxing ring for the first time under the management of Eddie Hearn this coming weekend, as he takes on Phil Lo Greco in Liverpool's Echo Arena.

The 31-year-old Bolton fighter will be having his first bout for almost two years - his last being a punishing knockout loss to Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in May 2016 in Las Vegas.

His opponent on Saturday is in the shape of 33-year-old Canadian Lo Greco, whose record stands at 28-3.

He has lost to top level fighters such as Shawn Porter and Errol Spence Jr, and if Khan fights anywhere near his peak level, one would assume the British fighter will restart his boxing career with a win.

The fight will be contested at a catchweight of 150 pounds, and represents a first of a three-fight deal for Khan under the Matchroom Boxing banner, led by Hearn, the man behind the rising success story of Anthony Joshua.

After a stint down under in the jungle on 'I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here', Khan is eager to land himself a big fight, and another title opportunity. A clash with fellow Matchroom fighter Kell Brook has been mooted for years, although has yet to come to fruition.

A name that has popped up in conversations multiple times over the years is been Floyd Mayweather.

Many believed Khan could go toe-to-toe with the unbeaten 50-win superstar, but Khan himself believed that Mayweather avoided him because of what would have been a clash of styles in the ring.

"I was waiting for Mayweather for three years. I was waiting for Manny Pacquiao for three years. Mayweather was really close," said Khan speaking to talkSPORT.


"We had fought the same kind of guys. I was beating them and he was beating them. And then they had a poll for the fans on who he should fight, and I won the poll. But it was never meant to happen.

"I guess styles make fights, and my style would have been the worst style for Floyd Mayweather. More speed, movement and that's what I do best. But it is what it is."

Khan did eventually bag himself a super-fight in 2016, but ultimately came up short against Canelo, who had put his middleweight title on the line.

With one judge having Khan ahead in the fight, the Mexican brawler caught Khan flush with a right hook in round six, and he hasn't stepped back into the ring since.

"I was itching for a big world title fight, a big super-fight, and Canelo was there and the fight came to me," said Khan.

"At first I thought 'No, he's too big', but then I worked it out and I thought it's not a bad idea.

"I thought if I fight Canelo and there's no weight limit or catch-weight it'll be one of the biggest upsets in the history of boxing. 

"But I did it and it didn't work for me. But at least I did it."

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