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"Desperate" Amir Khan on why he fought Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez

Read Sport logo Read Sport 16/04/2018 Tanaka Mvere
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Former World Champion Amir Khan admits his bold move up to the middleweight to challenge Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez was made from desperation in his efforts to have a super fight.

Khan revealed that his attempts to have matches with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao left him impatient for a big-name bout, prompting him to quickly agree to the Alvarez match for the WBC title.

Related: Khan: I'm feeling nervous (Sky Sports)

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Speaking on Amir Khan: Off Limits, he said: “There’s fights I’ve wanted, like for example the Floyd Mayweather fight, that was talked about for years and years, and didn’t happen. The Manny Pacquiao fight, which was talked about and didn’t happen. The reason I took the ‘Canelo’ fight is because I got quite desperate.”

Amir Khan wearing a football uniform: Canelo Alvarez v Amir Khan © Christian Petersen/Getty Images Sport Canelo Alvarez v Amir Khan

He also said that the decision was based on his ambition and dream to have a super fight and his name on the Vegas strip.

Almost two years since his last match, the knockout loss to Alvarez, Khan is making his return to the ring. This Saturday when he faces Phil Lo Greco and he insists there are no mental scars left from the last match.

“I’ve been knocked out before and I’ve come back from it, winning world titles.”

However, he also admitted to having concerns over his future in boxing after his hand surgery.

“My hand was always bad. I was quite scared to get it operated on. After the Canelo fight, I decided to get it fixed properly. It took me a little bit longer to recover from the hand op than it should have. At one stage I did think that maybe this is it.”

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