By Rick Reeno
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer advised BoxingScene.com that former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan (27-3, 19KOs) will return on April 13 or April 20, on Showtime.
Khan's return will be the second of his three fight deal with the network. Khan will also fight on a Showtime date in September.
Khan, now trained by Virgil Hunter, is rebuilding his career after suffering back to back defeats. He dropped a controversial split decision to Lamont Peterson last December, and then he was stopped in four rounds by Danny Garcia in July. After the loss to Garcia, he parted ways with trainer Freddie Roach and hired Hunter.
One potential opponent being mentioned for April is Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18KOs). Regardless of the weight, 140 or 147, Schaefer says the possibilities are endless because of the vast stable of Golden Boy promoted boxers in those divisions - including Danny Garcia, Devon Alexander, Paulie Malignaggi, Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto, Robert Guerrero, Lucas Matthysse and Marcos Maidana.
Khan returned to action last Saturday night in Los Angeles, and battered previously undefeated Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 8KOs) for ten rounds before the fight was stopped.
"Sometimes those perceived underdogs are sometimes the ones that you overlook and you don't get up for in training - but Amir is a total pro and he took it very seriously because he didn't just win - he won in impressive fashion. We know he trained hard, he listened to Virgil Hunter and followed his game plan - and I was very pleased with his performance," Schaefer told BoxingScene.com.Tags: Amir Khan