• Catchweight

Amir Khan brother Haroon to make pro debut

ESPN staff
February 28, 2013
Haroon Khan will make his first step on the professional ladder in April © Getty Images

Amir Khan is excited to be returning to fight on home soil for the first time in two years when he faces Julio Diaz in April.

Khan is on the path to getting his career back on track, with the fight against Diaz the second since he suffered losses to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia on US soil.

Diaz is a former world champion and he has spoken confidently about causing a shock when the pair meet at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on April 27.

Khan is aware of the credentials of Diaz but is ready to show his quality on home soil.

"It's been two years since I last fought in the United Kingdom and I can't wait to get in the ring in front of my fans," Khan said of the fight that will take place at the catchweight of 143lb. "Julio Diaz is a former world champion and a very dangerous opponent who is coming off an impressive performance in his last fight.

"I know he will be coming with guns blazing and I'm ready for whatever he has to throw at me. With my speed and boxing skills, and his power and experience, it makes for a really exciting matchup.

"He may have other ideas but I'm adamant that my return to the British shores is going to be a very successful one."

It will be a family affair for Khan, as his brother Haroon will make his professional debut on the undercard.

"Pro debut April 27," Haroon wrote on Twitter. "This is time for me to shine."

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