Amir Khan to face Phil Lo Greco in comeback fight in April
The fight has been made at 149lbs with a maximum of 150lbs.
Amir Khan will take on Phil Lo Greco when he makes his highly-anticipated ring return after almost two years out of action on April 21 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
The bout marks the start of Khan’s three-fight deal with promoters Matchroom Boxing and the first since his savage knockout defeat to then WBC middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in May 2016.
Khan will step down in weight when he faces Lo Greco in a showdown that has been made just above the welterweight threshold at 149lbs, with a maximum of 150lbs.
. @amirkingkhan will face Canada's @Phil_Lo_Greco in his UK return on April 21 @EchoArena live on @SkySportsBoxing - the pair come face to face in Liverpool tomorrow - tickets on sale to Fight Pass tomorrow - General sale Wednesday! #Backtobusiness pic.twitter.com/fQuG26Jci2— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) January 29, 2018
Lo Greco has won 28 of his 31 professional contests and has shared the ring with current IBF champion Errol Spence Jr and former beltholder Shawn Porter, both of whom defeated the Canadian.
Khan, 31, said: “I can’t wait to get back into the ring. Phil Lo Greco will be coming with everything to win this fight and I’m not going to give him an inch.
“He’s an aggressive fighter who is always looking to press the fight and come forward. That makes for a very exciting and action-packed fight for the fans.
“He’s shared the ring with the likes of Spence Jr and Porter, so he’s operated at the highest level. I respect him as a fighter and know he will be coming with big ambitions but I’m going to put on a great performance and prove to the boxing world that the ‘King’ is well and truly back.”
2018 king is back. Can’t wait to fight in the UK 🇬🇧. It’s been 5 years since I last fought in England. Next fights April 21st at Liverpool Echo arena tickets go on sale soon. #Boxing #welterweight #Liverpool #21stApril #kingkhan @MatchroomBoxing @EddieHearn @SkySportsBoxing pic.twitter.com/ZQqcadqtZB— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) January 14, 2018
Lo Greco, two years Khan’s senior, has already commenced the mind games with the Briton, who has a record of 31 wins and four defeats in the paid ranks, with three of those losses coming via stoppage.
Lo Greco said: “I’m happy Amir decided to yank up his skirt and end his long-going tea party. It was time he manned up. I’ve got a full training camp this time around, there will be no room for error. Amir Khan will be knocked out.
“I’ve noticed Amir loves going more to Dubai, so I’ll send him to Du-bai, and he’ll go bub-bye, #AmirGONE. Boxing teaches us, history repeats itself. Once you’re knocked out cold, it only gets worse.”