Amir Khan has been waiting for his boxing return for a long time, where he hopes to right the wrongs of his last outing two years ago.
Seen as one of the welterweight division’s most dangerous fighters, he took the risk to move up to middleweight but with horrible consequences.
The Brit has it all to prove on Saturday against Phil Lo Greco, who has done his best to rile up Khan during the build-up to this highly-anticipated fight.
Khan’s career could be over if he loses
The Bolton boxer has admitted that his career is all-but-over if he fails to defeat Lo Greco tomorrow night, as the former world champion is returning to action after two years out, having undergone surgery on his hip and hand, and a venture into the I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here jungle.
Khan’s last fight saw him brutally knocked out by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, so has little room for error in this short career – where he boasts a record of 31-4.
At 31, the former Olympian is no spring chicken, but still shows unbelievable hand speed which caused Canelo real problems in the opening rounds.
I can see him adopting a similar strategy to this fight as Lo Greco just isn’t close to the level the Mexican is, so will be confident of scoring well on the cards.
Lo Greco known for fighting during comebacks
Lo Greco is what can only be described as a hype-man fighter. This won’t be the first time the Canadian has been called upon when a boxer is on the comeback. So, I’m not expecting much from him.
He has, however, only been knocked out once during his career with his other losses coming by unanimous decision.
Errol Spence Jr. is a world-class fighter and was the man to finish him inside the 12 rounds, so it will take some doing for Khan to do the same.
The 31-year-old is 11/8 to win by knockout between rounds 7-12.
Khan will have too much for Greco
With so much at stake for Khan, I can see him coming out the traps early and causing real problems for Lo Greco. He will want to put the Canadian on the backfoot and put on a show for the Merseyside crowd.
The former champion is still favourite for a reason, and if he is indeed fitter and more prepared for this fight then I think he will be too much to handle.
I’ll be backing Khan to knockout his opponent in round eight at 10/1.