Amir Khan
Khan is ready to make his return to boxing Getty


  • Khan has not appeared in the ring since getting knocked out by Canelo Alvarez in 2016.
  • The Pakistani-Briton could have a warm-up fight first in 2018.

Former welterweight champion Amir Khan is ready to make his return to boxing for the first time in nearly two years as he revealed when and where he wants to fight next.

Khan (31-4 record in boxing) has not fought in the ring since he was infamously knocked out by Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in May 2016.

He teased a return to boxing this past October when he called out Floyd Mayweather as a potential opponent for his return fight, having long wanted to face the unbeaten but retired American.

However, Mayweather would shut down the idea a few weeks later after Khan decided to appear in ITV's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! reality TV series in Australia.

Having worked out and sparred in the jungle during the show, Khan says he is in shape again and is ready to return to action.

"I am going to fight in March," Khan said, as quoted on The Sun. "I was training in the jungle everyday, I'm glad I went, it was a detox, I came back and I was in shape.

"I want to fight in the UK, I think it is time."

Khan would later add that he spoke with promoter Al Haymon over a big fight in 2018 but would first take part in a tune-up fight.

"I was on the phone to Al (Haymon)," Khan explained as per BoxingNews24. "We have talks of doing a big fight next year. But again, a tune-up first. Yeah, Virgil (Hunter) is still my trainer so I'm going to be flying out there in the next week or two.

"It's concrete (my comeback) early next year. I'm taking a tune-up fight next because obviously I've not fought so hopefully get that tune up fight out-of-the-way and go back to a big fight."

It is not yet known who the big opponent could be but one possibility is former eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao as the two were supposed to fight earlier this year only for current WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn to get the chance over Khan.

Amir Khan vs Canelo Alvarez
Canelo's knockout of Khan went viral last year as the latter has not fought since Getty