Amir Khan to return to ring in 2018

The 31-year-old has not fought since being knocked out by Canelo Alvarez in May 2007

The 31-year-old has not fought since being knocked out by Canelo Alvarez in May 2007

The former unified light-welterweight world champion has not fought since stepping up to middleweight to do battle with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in May 2016, but will resume his career nearly two years later.

"I'm determined to win another world championship and I'm confident I've got the right team behind me to help me do so". I want a great year this year, no messing around, no play-time, I want big fights under my belt.

"But Amir Khan will spend more time moving around the ring and more time boxing so I couldn't say right now".

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His partnership with Hearn has also fuelled speculation of a bout with Kell Brook, who also has Hearn as a promoter, in the future.

If he really wanted the fight between me and Kell Brook he should not be speaking to me, he should be speaking to (my adviser) Al Haymon.

Hearn accused the fighter of being "scared" of fighting Brook, while in August Khan said: 'The only way I would take that Brook fight is if he left Eddie Hearn.

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"One of the biggest stars in world boxing is back at a time when British boxing is booming", Hearn said.

'He's very disrespectful and he's never come clear with me.

'That's one of the reasons why I keep away from Eddie Hearn and his shows, I just don't want to be in that drama'. Eddie, in my view, is the best promoter in the UK.

"He [Hearn] is the best in boxing, he's on top of his game at the moment and I know I can get to where I need to get to with him". "This surprises a lot of people because there has been friction in the past and a lot of things have been said, particularly around failed negotiations to make the Kell Brook fight".

Eddie Hearn also said there are chances of Khan's fights with Manny Pacquiao, Kell Brook, Keith Thurman and Errol Spence in 2018.

Thereafter, though, the 31-year-old Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) will test himself against a higher level of opposition as he builds toward the "super fight" Hearn mentioned. Khan and Hearn noted following a press conference Wednesday that Khan's long-discussed domestic showdown with Brook is more realistic than ever, but Khan added that he might resume his career as a welterweight.

Khan will shortly head back to San Francisco to begin preparations for April 21 at Liverpool's Echo Arena with his American trainer Virgil Hunter.

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