• Light-welterweight

Khan announces first UK fight in two years

ESPN staff
February 25, 2013
Amir Khan last fought in the UK against Paul McCloskey in 2011 © PA Photos

Amir Khan took to Twitter to announce his return to action in the UK for the first time in two years, but is yet to name his opponent.

"Next fights in UK everyone after 2 years," the 26-year-old tweeted on Sunday. "Venue TBA."

The former four-time world champion last fought in the UK against Paul McCloskey at the MEN Arena in Manchester, defending his WBA light-welterweight title when the Irishman was stopped by a cut above his left eye.

Since then, however, Khan's career has entered a state of flux. The Bolton native knocked out Zab Judah to collect the IBF title later in 2011 but surrendered the belt in December when he lost out to Lamont Peterson on a split decision, retaining the WBA title after the American failed a doping test.

Khan's fourth round TKO defeat by Danny Garcia in Las Vegas in 2012 prompted a split with coach Freddie Roach and a move to Virgil Hunter's gym, with the former Olympic silver-medallist winning his first fight under Hunter in December, knocking out Carlos Molina in the 10th round in Los Angeles.

But with the Sun reporting that Vyacheslav Senchenko, Juan Manuel Marquez, Humberto Soto, Tim Bradley, Josesito Lopez and Jessie Vargas have all turned down fights with Khan, the Briton looks short of options for the fight.

Khan had turned down appearing in New York as third on the bill behind Zab Judah v Danny Garcia and Peter Quillin v Fernando Guerrero on April 27.

Former IBF lightweight champion Julio Diaz has been mooted as a potential opponent for his UK return.

Peterson retained his IBF title on his return to the ring on Friday night, stopping fellow American Kendall Holt in the eighth round in Washington.

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