Khan eyes 2017 return

Amir Kahn eyes 2017 return

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Olympic silver medallist Amir Kahn is hoping to return to the ring in 2017 after spending the majority of 2016 as a spectator following surgery to correct a hand injury.

The 30-year-old’s last trip to the ring came in May when he was beaten by Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in six rounds as the Briton stepped up middleweight to challenge for the WBC world title.

That was the fourth defeat of Khan’s career but he is keen to improve his record in 2017 after revealing he will enter into talks with his promoter.

The Brit is hoping to set up a match on home soil, having not fought in England since he claimed a close decision victory over Julio Diaz back in April 2013 when they met in Sheffield.

Khan said: “I’m going to have a meeting with my manager Al Haymon after Christmas but I’d like it to be in the UK.

It depends if my opponent wants to travel but I would love to take a fight in the UK, it’s been a long time.”

The Bolton-born fighter has been struggling with a hand injury for the last couple of years and he has taken the opportunity to undergo surgery this year to ensure he is fully fit moving forward.

He added: “My hand is healing well, I’m just getting used to punching again. I’ve used it in a couple of sessions and now it’s about building my confidence.

I feel a difference when I punch, the hand feels more secure. I remember when it used to be weak and I couldn’t punch without getting a sharp pain.”

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