By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daiy Star
AMIR KHAN admits he has taken a pay cut for his UK return in his next fight against Mexican Julio Diaz.
The former world light-welterweight champion wanted to fight in Britain for the first time in two years.His last four bouts have taken place in America.
Khan expects to box in front of a sell-out 12,000 crowd at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on April 27.
But no TV deal has yet been confirmed and he will bank less than his recent Stateside bouts.
And Bolton-born Khan, 26, admits his career would be in doubt if he suffers a third defeat in four fights against Diaz, 33.
He said: “I did this fight for the fans in the UK.
“I’m taking a little bit of a pay cut because I respect them and wanted to fight in the UK next.
“Two years is a long time not fighting back home.
“I could have picked an easier opponent but I’m fighting someone who has a good knockout ratio and who looked good in their last fight.
“I’m not thinking of this as an easy fight.
“There will be pressure on me fighting at home. It will be tough because of the expectation and I want to put on a good show.
“You can say it’s make or break.
“I don’t think I can afford to lose in front of my home fans. I am training harder because I don’t want to lose.
“I need to keep winning and work my way back to the world titles. I’m determined to win them again.”