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Khan and Hearn put egos aside and agree three-fight contract


By Declan Warrington

Amir Khan decided to sign for Matchroom and Eddie Hearn while alone with his thoughts in the jungle of reality television series I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

The welterweight has signed a three-fight contract with a promoter he has long spoken of his dislike for, and will return to the ring after a near two-year absence in Liverpool on April 21.

It will also be five years since Khan last fought in the UK, and since then Hearn has repeatedly tempted to lure him into a fight with rival Kell Brook, contributing to the tension between them.

Khan (31) dismissed concerns about Hearn having a conflict of interest by also working with Brook. "I was in the jungle, thinking very hard not listening to other people, thinking about where I wanted to be in my life," he said.

"I wanted people to see the real side of me, and then that I wanted to get back on the boxing scene again, make sure I come back with a bang. The only way to do that is with someone established.

"I know for a fact he can get me the big fights. I had a lot of options but wanted my career to be in England, so that's why I picked Eddie.

"I've got two or three years left in me and want the best fights of my career. We decided to put our egos to one side and start working with one another, and forget about the 'He said this'. It's business, isn't it?"

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