Khan to return in April after signing for Matchroom

Amir Khan will make his comeback on April 21 after signing a three-fight promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing.

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 almost two years later.

Former Olympic champion Khan, knocked out in the sixth round by Mexican Alvarez in Las Vegas, ended his feud with Eddie Hearn to join his stable after a spell in the jungle for reality television show 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here'.

Khan's opponent for his next bout at the Echo Arena in Liverpool has not yet been named, but Hearn said a "super fight" late this year is on the cards amid talks of a showdown with fellow Englishman Kell Brook.

"I'm thrilled to be teaming up with Matchroom," said Khan. "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 UK for the first time in seven years, and to do so with the support of the British fans and Sky Sports behind me. 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.

"I've been out of the ring for too long, and I'm desperate to make up for lost time, starting in April."

Promoter Hearn said: "Amir is one of the biggest names in the sport of boxing and his return on April 21 will be the first time he has boxed in the UK in seven years.

"The plan is to box in April and then again in August or September in preparation for a super fight in Winter 2018.

"The target is to provide him with the biggest fights possible with a mouth-watering 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."

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