Amir Khan made a triumphant return to the ring by conquering Phil Lo Greco by a knockout inside 39 seconds at Liverpool’s Echo Arena. The famous boxer has not fought for nearly two years, since losing to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in Las Vegas in May 2016.
He made up for lost time by beating the Canadian Lo Greco down twice in the early stages of the fight. Inside the opening 30 seconds, Khan sent his opponent to the canvas with a swift one-two combination.
Khan had signed this match as part of a three-fight deal with Eddie Hearn and his promoter, who were aware that he could not afford a fifth defeat. Le Greco appeared utterly surprised by Khan’s sheer speed from the beginning. During the fight, Le Greco clambered to his feet, but stumbled into a flurry of punches from Khan, and referee Victor Loughlin waved the fight off as he wilted by the ropes.
Khan first came to prominence when he won a silver medal in the lightweight division at the 2004 Olympics, becoming Britain’s youngest boxing Olympic medallist at 17. He won the WBA light-welterweight title in 2009 and the IBF title in 2011. His professional record is 34 wins and four losses.
After the fight, Khan told The Guardian: “I’ve been out of the fight for two years. I’ve never taken a day off the gym. I’ve had a hand operation and the hand felt good in the fight.”
Khan also added: “People just wanted to see me come back and I wanted to prove a point and come back. I’m two years out of the ring but I’m back with a big bang.”
Khan wishes to become a world champion again and fight the top guys in the welterweight division. Weighing approximately 147lb, he gained three pounds for his fight due to not being in the ring for two years. After winning against Le Greco in the ring, Khan celebrated wildly, after nearly five years away from a British ring. Khan’s team are keen for him to have more practice and take on another fight before facing Kell Brook or any of the other welterweight world champions.
Khan told the Daily Telegraph, “I caught Le Greco early and speed was causing him big problems. It’s been two years but I have not lost anything. The hunger is still there, my body just needed that break.” The arena erupted at Khan’s triumph, as did the needle between arch-rival, Kell Brook, a rivalry that has bubbled darkly for several years.