Amir Khan’s jungle stay led to burying the hatchet with Eddie Hearn

first_img Read more Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Amir Khan decided to work with Eddie Hearn while alone with his thoughts on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!The welterweight has signed a three-fight contract with the promoter he has long spoken of disliking and will return to the ring after a near two-year absence at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on 21 April.It will also be five years since Khan last fought in the UK, during which Hearn has repeatedly tempted to lure him into a fight with long-term rival Kell Brook. “I was in the jungle, on my own and thinking about where I wanted to be in my life,” Khan said. “I wanted people to see the real side of me and then I wanted to get back on the boxing scene with a bang. The only way to do that is with someone established.“I’ve got two or three years left in me and want the best fights of my career. We decided to put our egos to one side, and start working with one another, and forget about the ‘he said this’. It’s business, isn’t it?”It is understood Khan rejected an offer from ITV to work with Hearn’s Matchroom, which made its approach before his time on reality television late last year. Asked if he ever envisioned a period when he would work with Matchroom, Khan said: “No. It’s a little surreal. Eddie’s good at that.”A potential difficulty in making the fight between Khan and Brook is that the latter has moved up to light-middleweight, a division seven pounds higher than where Khan will remain. Confirmation of his return also comes after a period in which he had been recovering from an operation on a long-term hand injury and difficulties in his personal life with his wife Faryal Makhdoom.Khan, who last fought in May 2016 when he was knocked out by Canelo Álvarez, added: “I’m coming back fresh, with no injuries. The hand’s brilliant; there’s no pain there. I’ve had a pain for the last eight years of my career. It always used to hurt me and I always used to fight through it and it feels a lot better now.” Share on Twitter Boxing Since you’re here… Amir Khan one of several options for Jeff Horn if he can beat Gary Corcoran Share via Email news Amir Khan Topics Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this contentlast_img read more