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Frank Warren: Fans Lost Interest in Amir Khan, He'll Face a Stiff

Frank Warren believes the British fight fans have lost interest in the boxing career of Amir Khan (31-4, 19 KOs).

Last week, Khan announced that he signed a three fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn of Matchroom.

Khan's first fight in two years has been scheduled to take place on April 21 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. The Bolton boxer has been out of the ring since May of 2016, when he moved up to a catch-weight of 155-pounds to challenge then WBC middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

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Khan was knocked out in the sixth round of the contest, and not long after he underwent a series of surgeries to correct a hand injury.

Before Khan signed a deal with Hearn, he spoke with several other promoters - including Warren, who promoted the first half of Khan's career.

Warren offered him a fight with Bradley Skeete and never heard from Khan again.

At the moment, Khan does not have a finalized opponent for the date - but Warren does not expect him to face anyone of worth.

"He came to us and asked if we were interested and they said they had the fight with [Manny] Pacquiao," Warren told Nick Parkinson.

"I offered him to fight Bradley Skeete, and he didn't come back. He got badly knocked out in his last fight and people have lost interest. I know he's been in the jungle but that's not fighting.

"Realistically we will see what he has got left in his next fight. They said they are looking for a tough opponent, so they should fight Bradley Skeete. But I know they won't."

Warren is still very upset that Khan's return has been booked for the exact date of big featherweight showdown between Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire - which takes place in Belfast.

The conflict will create a scenario where fans will have to choose between watching Frampton-Donaire on BT Sport and Khan's return on rival network Sky Sports.

"It's ridiculous they are having Amir's fight on the same night as Carl Frampton in Belfast. But our fight is a real fight between two quality operators but Khan will be fighting a stiff," Warren said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by b00g13man on 01-17-2018

Frank is salty, but he's not wrong.

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 01-16-2018

[QUOTE=JohnP2;18410860]You must not watch him that much (or boxing in general) seeing as he has been knocked out three times in 35 fights.[/QUOTE] Probably a bad joke hey.

Comment by thack on 01-16-2018

Khan is old news. Talking about Prescott being on his 'hit list'.....Lol what a total buffoon...Wasn't it Con on Presscots hit list.He's lost seven of his last elven fights and normally that would qualify to be a Con opponent but…

Comment by JohnP2 on 01-16-2018

[QUOTE=Bobby Shaw;18409919]Fighting Bradley Skeete and you expected him to sign? Frank you have lost your marbles.[/QUOTE] Ha ha...I thought that too. "He was offered a fight with Bradley Skeete but was never heard from again"...ya think?

Comment by JohnP2 on 01-16-2018

[QUOTE=robbyheartbaby;18409857]I will ALWAYS watch Khant in the hope he gets sparked, he seldom let's me down lol.[/QUOTE] You must not watch him that much (or boxing in general) seeing as he has been knocked out three times in 35 fights.

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