By James K. Attaglo Wilson

Former unified light-welterweight world champion, Amir Iqbal Khan has admitted that watching the likes of Anthony Joshua from the ringside has motivated him ahead of his comeback fight against Phil Lo Greco at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday, April 21.

The ‘King’ who was last beaten 23 months ago in Las Vegas by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has never fought in his homeland since he last fought against Julio Diaz in Sheffield, but is nonetheless sure of victory ahead of the Canadian – Lo Greco.

“You look at these great fighters like Joshua cleaning up, doing really well, knocking guys out, selling out stadiums and I’m like, ‘Wow, this is where I want to be again’,” Khan said at a press conference at the Royal Liver Building on Thursday.

“I’ve done it in the past and I want to do it again. I know I’ve got a style where the crowd will come and watch me and want to see me.

“Fighters like Joshua out there give you that inspiration to come out and do well and sell out stadiums again. Boxing’s on a high. What Eddie’s doing, this is what we needed.

Amir King Khan
Amir King Khan
“British boxing was really dying and Eddie’s brought it back alive again. I remember the days when I used to fight in America all the time because in Britain, boxing wasn’t as big as what we wanted it to be.

“In America, I was fighting there because I wanted to make a big name for myself and globally become a star. Now fighters are coming from America to England because of what Eddie’s done. It’s only making boxing a bigger, better sport.

“People respect it more. You walk down the streets and people are talking about boxing.”

Meanwhile, ‘The Italian Sensation’ believes that the glory days of Khan is past and gone.

“I was a fan, I think you’ve done great,” Lo Greco said.

“I’ve studied your boxing. I honestly believe your best years are done, I think your best years were in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and it’s going to show on Saturday night,” he added.

Khan held the Commonwealth lightweight title from 2007 to 2008, and the WBC Silver welterweight title from 2014 to 2016.

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