Amir Khan will fight in Britain for the first time in Nearly two years when he faces Julio Diaz at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on April 27.
Making his professional debut on the same card will be 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Anthony Ogogo in a four round middleweight bout against an as yet unnamed opponent.
“April 27th is going to be a special night,” said Khan. “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. Julio Diaz is a former World Champion and a very dangerous opponent who is coming off of 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.”
“I’m not going to England for the fight to go to the scorecards. I’m fighting for the knockout,” said Diaz. “I know the knockout is the only thing that will get me the win, so I’m training extra hard already in order to get a victory on Khan’s home turf. I’m a heavy hitter and he can’t take a punch, so to me, that is the perfect combination.”
“The opportunity to turn pro on such a big fight card in England is a dream come true,” said Ogogo. “I want to become a superstar and this is the first step. I know I have to win in an impressive fashion in my first fight as a pro and I plan on doing just that.”
“Return of the King”: Khan vs. Diaz is a 12 round 143 pound catch-weight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Khan Promotions
“We’re excited to return to England and bring the loyal British fans the return of Amir Khan on April 27,” said Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions. “Amir is closing in on a shot at regaining his world champion status and I know he’s going to use the energy from the crowd in Sheffield to motivate him. Standing in his way will be a dangerous opponent in Julio Diaz who is on a hot streak of his own that he expects to keep intact in England.”
Amir Khan’s younger brother 2010, Haroon Khan, will also make his professional debut. "I’m extremely excited about making my debut. Ever since I was a kid I’ve dreamed about this moment and I can’t wait to take the first step in my professional career on April 27th."
February 28, 2013