Amir Khan announces return to boxing ring


In an unexpected move, Amir Khan has signed an exclusive deal with Matchroom and put his feud with Eddie Hearn to rest.

"Just as important a factor was the opportunity to fight in the United Kingdom for the first time in seven years, and to do so with the support of the British fans and Sky Sports behind me".

In November previous year, Khan said he still wants a fight with Kell Brook, but admitted they both need to rebuild their careers with wins before settling their long-running rivalry.

"Amir Khan has been around longer than Kell, fought more big names than Kell and certainly more Americans than Kell Brook. British boxing is in such a good place and I genuinely can't wait to get back in that ring with the incredible home support behind me", he said. "I just don't like Eddie Hearn", the recently I'm a Celebrity contestant once said.

Promoter Hearn said: "Amir is one of the biggest names in the sport of boxing and his return on April 21 will be the first time he has boxed in the United Kingdom in seven years".

As for making up with Hearn, he says: 'I had found out that I couldn't be my own promoter.

But Khan admitted his future looked bleak when the £31m fight against Pac Man was called off at the last minute.

"When Pacquiao went and I heard Kell Brook went up a weight I thought "where do I go from here".

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Brook warned that he is seriously considering hanging up the gloves at the end of 2018 and says a long-awaited fight between him and Khan has to happen this year.

With Brook now operating at 154 and set for a debut at the higher limit on March 3, any United Kingdom super-fight would potentially be held up by Khan's plans at 147 pounds.

"It doesn't take a genius to recognise that it brings the Brook fight closer. Now all the barriers have gone, we're all in this together".

Khan has previously said he wants his next fight to be in the UK.

"It is a bit odd but that's where it will end". However, it could expedite a highly-anticipated meeting with domestic rival Kell Brook, who is also a part of Matchroom. "This is a press conference I thought we would never see".

He added: "And it's very possible I will be ringside".

However, after leaving the jungle, he made it clear that a ring return was in the pipeline.

"No strawberries. chocolate brownies only".