Thursday, March 22, 2018  |


Amir Khan signs with Matchroom Boxing, returns on April 21

Amir Khan and Ppromoter Eddie Hearn. Photo by Mark Robinson.

Now, there’s a surprise.

Following years of public acrimony from both sides, Amir Khan and Eddie Hearn appear to have made up as the former unified junior welterweight titleholder returns to action on April 21 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, in what will be the first of three fights under the Matchoom Boxing banner.

In his most recent outing, in May 2016, Khan was spectacularly knocked out in six rounds by THE RING middleweight champion, Canelo Alvarez. Prior to that setback, the former Olympic silver medalist from Athens 2004 had outpointed three ex-titleholders in succession: Luis Collazo, Devon Alexander and Chris Algieri.

“I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Matchroom,” said Khan (31-4, 19 knockouts). “This decision is not one I’ve taken lightly as I’m at a hugely important time in my career. But having spoken to Eddie at length, it was clear he and I were on the same page in terms of what I want to be doing and what I still want to achieve. 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.

“Just as important a factor was the opportunity to fight in the U.K. for the first time in seven years and to do so with the support of the British fans and Sky Sports. British boxing is in such a good place and I genuinely can’t wait to get back in that ring with the incredible home support behind me.”

Hearn, who also promotes Khan’s bitter rival Kell Brook, has already laid out a dance card for this year.

“The plan is to box in April and then again in August or September in preparation for a superfight in winter 2018,” said the promoter. “The target is to provide him with the biggest fights possible with a mouthwatering list of names including the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Kell Brook, Keith Thurman and Errol Spence. I’m excited to get started and looking forward to a huge night of boxing on April 21.”

Information courtesy of a press release issued by Matchroom Boxing


Tom Gray is Associate Editor for THE RING. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing


Struggling to locate a copy of THE RING Magazine? Try here or

You can order the current issue, which is on newsstands, or back issues from our subscribe page.

  • Giuseppe

    one step closer to Khan KO’ing Joshua.

    Khan knows that when that baby is born its going to outweigh him.

    • Daniel Longshaft Durant

      no way man.. AJ would split her down the middle like firewood.

  • Randall Bannister

    FInally looks like Eddie had got his way and we’ll get to Khan vs Brook in December…..Finally.

  • learnmore

    Couple of top 20 welterweights then Khan v Brook ,only thing what makes sense.

  • Franz Lorenz

    Is it just me or does it look like Hearns head was just photoshoped onto a random body

  • Nick Bannister

    Despite both being possibly past their prime, Brook – Khan is a truly massive fight in the UK. Maybe not quite Froch-Goves 2 or Joshua – Klitschko big, but arena sellout pay per view crossover appeal massive for sure.

    Don’t see Spence or Thurman making the trip to the UK unless Khan finds his way to a belt – they have big money to make and stardom to cultivate in the US and plenty of dance partners.

    Pacquiao still has the name recognition and would get a huge payday here, and seems to have lost his listed as a PPV attraction in the US. Feels unlikely, but not impossible. Might be fun to watch as well.

    • Andy T

      Why not Spence must make more money knocking out Khan in the U.K.

    • AngelMorningstar

      Brook ko’s him in 8.

  • WillieSmalls

    Khan/Brook does nothing for me anymore.

    • Turner Wednesday

      That’s what Khan’s wife said too.

  • Antony916

    So did Kahn leave Haymon and the PBC?

  • Darren James Smith

    I like Amir but on a recent TV show he sounded slurred to me…..hope I’m wrong


      It’s not because of the reason you think, though. It’s a regional dialect.

      • Keano

        Yep lol he just sounds like an idiot

  • philoe bedoe

    ” The King is back all hail the King”lol………..

  • Joey Junger

    Khan is 10-0 in honor killings against defenseless females.

  • Ten Count Toronto

    A fight with Brook would have made SO MUCH MORE SENSE in 2015 between fighters still near their prime and on upward career trajectories, now it’s just a half step above being a British version of Ortiz-Alexander.

    The idea of matching present-day Khan against Spence is borderline criminal malpractice even by boxing standards, he should have his license suspended just for musing about it.

  • Jordan Raphael-Biggs

    Why does this guy consistently refer to himself in the 3rd person???

    And say complete shite like win another world title at welterweight???

    You won the WBC silver title!!!! Not even the interim belt

    Shut up and win some fights