26 year old Amir Khan will return to the ring in April 2013 after signing a deal with Showtime in the US, it will be the first of just two fights the boxer has planned for next year. Fresh from ending a run of two successive defeats, he stopped Carlos Molina in the tenth round in Los Angeles, he now has his sights set on rematches with Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson. The fight was ‘make or break’ for Khan, after dispatching Molina in impressive fashion he can look to the future with renewed confidence.
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, of whom Khan is a co owner and co promoter of the UK division, told ESPN, “we want to do big fights with Amir and so does Showtime”, he named possible opponents as Victor Ortiz, Devon Alexander and when Amir moves up to the welterweight division, Andre Berto. Khan is planning a six fight finish to his career and said recently “I do not want a sad end like Ricky” [Hatton] and has set his sights on a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jnr in 2014.
The 2 times ex World Champion, is now planning his wedding in April and looking forward to his future involvement with young boxers. Khan was an Olympic Silver medallist at 17 and believes UK Sports 44.5% rise in funding, for British boxing, will ensure more fighters stay amateur for longer. “I think it’s great that they are getting funding because that’s how they are going to get the best fighters to stay amateur and win a medal for us in the Olympics and then turn professional”. He hopes to recruit some of GBs boxing medallists from London 2012, this could include Nicola Adams, the winner of the first Women’s Boxing Olympic Gold medal and also his younger brother Haroon.
The future now looks a lot brighter for Khan, who said, “when I retire it will be because I want to retire and don’t want to achieve anything more from boxing. It’s important to leave the sport as you walked into it – being healthy and being a Champion”.
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