LONDON: Amir Khan, after knocking out his rival Canada’s Lo Greco on Saturday, is now planning future strategy. Amir Khan’s return to the ring lasted less than a minute as the Briton knocked out Phil lo Greco in only 40 seconds in Liverpool.
Khan, fighting for the first time in two years, first dropped Lo Greco after just 13 seconds with a blazing left-right combination. And he delivered the coup de grace with a flurry of thunderous body shots soon after.
“I was a little nervous, but I am back with a big bang. I want to become a world champion this year or next year”, Khan, 31, said. Amir Khan’s focus after the light middleweight bout turned to Kell Brook, who was ringside, with the Bolton fighter saying Brook had been “living off his name”.
Former light-welterweight world champion Khan had not fought since his knockout defeat by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in Las Vegas in 2016, while his previous bout in Britain ended in a points victory over Julio Diaz in Sheffield five years ago.
“I have been out the ring for two years but I was still in the gym working hard, I have never taken a day off. I wanted to prove a point coming back,” he added.
Amir Khan has revealed he would rather prioritise taking on Kell Brook than have a world title fight but will sit down with Eddie Hearn to discuss in greater detail the next step of his comeback. The former world champion needed just 40 seconds to stop Phil Lo Greco at Liverpool’s Echo Arena in his first fight since a knockout defeat to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in May 2016.
‘King Khan’ was watched ringside by Brook, who said he would ‘destroy’ his British counterpart should the long-awaited materialise, and with both fighters part of Hearn’s Matchroom stable the prospect of a huge domestic fight has gained renewed momentum.
“In the next week or so, me and Eddie will sit down and see where we go from here,” Khan told Sky Sports News. “It would be nice to win another world title. It would be an amazing thing to do but at the same time it would be amazing to fill out a stadium and get someone like Kell Brook.
“I think a Kell Brook fight has to happen at 147Ibs. I really believe that fight could happen for a title but let’s just wait to see what Eddie has to say about this. I am happy to fight him. Fighting a big name like Kell in England would be a massive fight, selling out a stadium would be amazing.
“I would rather look for those stadium fights instead of the world titles because I have won world titles in my career. I want to leave that legacy behind and fill out a stadium.
“An 80,000 stadium would fill out for a fight between myself and Kell Brook. At least Brook knows I want the fight.”
Khan showed no signs of ring rust in his return to the ring and made easy work of his Canadian opponent in a display which showed off his renowned hand speed. “I feel better now at 31 than I did when I was 28. I feel sharper and much more intelligent in the boxing ring. I am using the speed the right way now,” he said. “Before I used to throw a combination from far away, I used to get caught from in-between but now I am much smarter.
“The only times I let my hands go a little wild are when I know I have hurt my opponent and I just want to get him out.”
Ahead of any potential showdown with his countryman, Khan is happy to take some time off with his family with his wife expecting a second child in the next week. Khan said: “I am just going to enjoy this little break and [then] get back straight into the gym again.
“It is where I belong. I am 31 at the peak of my career and it is time to maximise everything.” Boxing fans have been left angry after Amir Khan knocked out Phil Lo Greco in less than 40 seconds. After months of anticipation, Khan’s return to the ring at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Satuday was over in just 39 seconds as he battered Lo Greco onto the ropes. All fans of Khan wanted to see him in the ring beating his rival but their dream could not fulfil and all finished in 39 seconds.
But many boxing fans were left feeling short-changed and said organisers should have found a better opponent to pit Khan against.