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Photos: Amir Khan Destroys Phil Lo Greco in 39 Seconds

Amir Khan made a blistering return to the ring by beating Phil Lo Greco by stopping his opponent inside 39 seconds at Liverpool’s Echo Arena. (photos by Lawrence Lustig)

The 31-year-old had not fought for two years, since being beaten by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in Las Vegas in May 2016, and he made up for lost time by knocking Canadian Lo Greco down twice in the early stages.

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Khan, in his first bout on British soil in five years, sent Lo Greco to the canvas with a swift one-two combination inside the opening 30 seconds.

The contest was over moments later as the Briton’s devastating hand speed pinned his opponent up against the ropes to ensure it was over moments after it had started.

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It meant Khan delivered an emphatic statement to Kell Brook, who was watching on from ringside, ahead of a possible all-British grudge match between the two Matchroom stable mates.

Following the fight, the victorious Khan told Sky Sports Main Event: “I’ve been out of the ring for two years I’ve never taken a day off the gym. I’ve had a hand operation and the hand felt good in the fight.

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When asked if he is targeting a fight against British opponent Kell Brook, Khan added: “I want to become a world champion again so I want to fight the top guys in the welterweight division.

This was the first of a three-fight deal Khan had signed with Eddie Hearn and his promoter had conceded his fighter could not afford a fifth defeat on his record.

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That never looked likely and there was no evidence of any ring rust from Khan either after he changed to trainer Joe Goossen in the build up to this bout.

Lo Greco appeared stunned by Khan’s sheer speed from the outset and as soon as he dropped him with a right hand, it looked like a foregone conclusion.

There was an eight count on that occasion and moments after the two squared off again, a flurry of left hands from Khan ended it all.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JcLazyX210 on 04-22-2018

[QUOTE=Raggamuffin;18696475]Bud would beat the living **** out of Khan.[/QUOTE] I am interested to see the beat down lol.

Comment by AdonisCreed on 04-22-2018

I'm surprised there wasn't security to stop Brook from getting in the ring!! I'd pick Khan to beat Brook!!

Comment by skinnystev on 04-22-2018

shameful mismatch you can thank "fast eddie" for this mockery

Comment by zaheer on 04-22-2018

Lo greco went the distance with S Porter, didnt he also fight Spence, i guess he only becam a bum after fighting Khan,

Comment by hugh grant on 04-22-2018

Khan needed some rounds under belt. Beating this bum doesn't make khan a world beater in same way Prescott beating khan in 40 seconds didn't make Prescott a elite fighter.

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