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Hunter Cautions That Lo Greco is a Live Opponent For Amir Khan

Virgil Hunter, head trainer for former world champion Amir Khan (31-4, 19 KOs), does not view his boxer's upcoming opponent, Phil Lo Greco (28-3, 15 KOs), as a walkover.

Khan and Lo Greco will collide on April 21 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

The fight will be the first for Khan since he was knocked out in the sixth round of his catch-weight bout with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in May of 2016 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Hunter is very familiar with Lo Greco's credentials as an amateur and as a pro.

He's reviewed Lo Greco's past bouts, specifically his defeats to top welterweight talents like Errol Spence and Shawn Porter.

“He’s fought [Errol] Spence, he’s fought [Shawn] Porter, went the distance with Porter. That right there alone in the Porter fight suggest toughness,” Hunter said to Boxing News.

“He took the Spence fight on short notice so you can’t really give an accurate assessment about that. He is bringing credentials. So you can’t look at him as an opponent. You have to look at him as a live fighter. He can call up a fight, with his background and amateur pedigree, he can call up a great fight if he’s motivated enough and make it a real, tough night. So I don’t consider him an opponent at all.”

Khan is calling this the final the run of his pro career.

He wants to do at least three fights this year, starting with Lo Greco, and then a fight in the summer, and then a much bigger fight to close out the year - which may or may not come against his UK rival Kell Brook. 

“I’m here for him. It’s his career. I can’t want it more than he wants. If he wants it bad, if he wants it more than anything and he wants to dedicate and commit to the next couple of years, then I’ll support him,” Hunter said.

“If he stimulates me, he definitely will be stimulated in return.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Beercules on 02-12-2018

He was fighting at 160?! This guy fought Spence at 147 right? Still anyone with decent pop who lands on Khan's chin has a chance. Khan is a 4-5 round fighter.

Comment by BoxerDood on 02-12-2018

Translation: Khan is going to slap him for 10 rounds until his corner throws in the towel because the fight isn’t competitive, then Hearn will offer Ali a crap ton of money to hand his title to either Brook or…

Comment by Evil_Meat on 02-12-2018

[QUOTE=Cheek busting;18480154]Khan is the epitome of a fighter who is fast as PHOOK, but with absolutely NO SLICKNESS. Most fighters with speed like Khan, have at least some degree of slickness. He's got fast feet, and amazingly fast hands. He's…

Comment by STREET CLEANER on 02-12-2018

This is the typical hyping the fighter that Khan is going to fight. But then again, Khan's chin anybody has a shot

Comment by alexguiness on 02-12-2018

Lo Greco was picked for a very simple reason.

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