Former world champion Amir Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) is looking very likely to sit out for the remainder of 2018.
According to promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom, Khan’s next fight is being steered to a date in February of 2019.
Khan’s career appeared to be on the ropes when he moved up to a catch-weight of 155-pounds in May of 2016, and challenged then WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in what was the first ever boxing event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Khan’s gamble did not pay off, as he was brutally knocked out in the sixth round.
After going through surgery on his hand and dealing with some personal issues, Khan was out of the ring for nearly two years – before resuming his professional run in April – now under a multi-fight deal with Hearn.
In his comeback fight, he blew away Phil Lo Greco in 39 seconds. A second fight, which took place earlier this month, was not as easy. Khan was dropped in the second round by heavy underdog Samuel Vargas, who also managed to rock the Bolton star in the tenth. Khan scored two knockdowns of his own in the contest and won the majority of the rounds to secure a unanimous decision win.
The two targets on Khan’s list are WBA “regular” welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and domestic rival Kell Brook.
Pacquiao is targeting a return in December, after knocking out Lucas Matthysse in July. And Brook is also looking to fight again before the year is over.
Khan himself was looking to fight again in December – but Hearn is not close to reaching a deal with either Pacquiao or Brook.
“We’re getting to a stage now where we’re nearly in October, he’s not in camp. I can’t tell you that we’re a week away from signing a deal with Brook or Pacquiao. So, unless we got something done this week, he would probably choose to go in February instead,” Hearn told IFL TV.