All you need to know about the Bolton boxer’s comeback bout
What is it?
Having not fought since being knocked-out cold by Saul Alvarez in 2016, Amir Khan returns to the ring in a comeback fight with Phil Lo Greco.
A far cry from competing in the sweet science, Khan’s most recent form of competition came in the form of I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here.
What are the odds?
Expectedly, Khan has opened as an enormous favourite for the clash, with bookies going as short as 1/33 for the Bolton-born competitor to come out on top.
In layman’s terms, that means you’d have to bet £33 in order to win a measly £1 profit.
On the flip side, Phil Lo Greco is a 40/1 underdog with some bookmakers, meaning if you put £1 on him to win you would win £41.
Where’s the money going?
Usually with these kind of match-ups, the underdog almost always attracts the lion’s share of attention.
However, punters are not backing the Canadian, but instead the Bolton native. Lo Greco has been shunned by punters despite his underdog price.
In total, 56% of all bets have been placed on Khan to get back to winning ways, 34% on Lo Greco and 10% on the draw.
When is it and where is it taking place?
The fight will take place in the Liverpool Echo arena this Saturday (April 21) in front of an almost sold out crowd.
What time will the fight start?
With the unpredictable nature of boxing, it’s often difficult to judge exactly when fighters will take to the ring.
However, as a rough guide ring walks are expected to take place at 10pm.
What TV channel is it on?
Unlike previous Anthony Joshua events, this weekend’s clash is free to air on Sky Sports.
That means you won’t have to fork out the £19.95 as per usual with Box Office and if you have a Sky Sports subscription you’re good-to-go.
Don’t have a Sky Sports subscription? You can purchase a 24-hour day pass from Now TV for just £7.99 and rent it out for the day.
What are their records?
Khan – 31-4 (19 by KO)
Lo Greco – 28-3 (15 by KO)
What have they said?
“I can’t wait to get in the ring and see how I am as a fighter, after two years.
“I think I’m at the peak of my career now. I feel better than I did when I was 28. I train smarter now. When I was younger I made mistakes, I was caught with my hands down.
“Now, I’m smarter, I don’t want to be caught with those big shots like the Canelo shot. Canelo, that night, would have knocked out a lot of welterweight fighters. He’s a very big puncher.”
“His last fight, he got seriously hurt, he’s been out for two years. I know mentally he’s not stable.
“Physically he’s god gifted, but at this stage once you’re not mentally right up here, it doesn’t matter how gifted you are physically – this isn’t going to work out.
“He’s done great for boxing, he’s done great for British boxing, but his time is up. Like I kept saying in the press conference, it’s like ‘Streetfighter’ the video game, you run out of lives.”
What’s your prediction for the fight?
Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek said: “Khan hasn’t fought in the UK since he put Julio Diaz to one side back in 2013.
“Question marks are certainly still in place over the fitness and confidence of the Brit, and it’s yet to be seen how he recovers from a brutal knock out.
“Having faced two titans in the form of Canelo and Errol Spence Jr in his previous two fights, things should go more straightforwardly against the more seasoned Lo Greco.
“Coming off the lay-off from in-ring action, we expect Khan to be slightly rusty on his comeback. The price of 11/4 to win by decision looks like value, if the Bolton native doesn’t hit the ground running in his most recent reappearance.”