Amir Khan shuts door on fighting without fans amid coronavirus crisis

Amir Khan shuts the door on bouts without fans amid coronavirus pandemic: ‘An empty arena is not going to lift me up to fight, I will have to wait until they’re full again’

  • Eddie Hearn exclusively revealed to Sportsmail his plan to bring boxing back
  • But Amir Khan will wait for his next bout, when fans are able to attend the fights
  • Promoter Hearn intends to stage fight nights on four consecutive Saturdays
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Amir Khan has shut the door on fighting without fans amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn exclusively revealed to Sportsmail his plan to bring boxing back to the UK from July last week.

But 33-year-old Khan has not entered the ring since beating Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia last year and will wait until fans are able to attend for his next bout.

Boxer Amir Khan has shut the door on fighting without fans amid the coronavirus pandemic

‘Fighting in empty arenas when it’s just you, your opponent and the referee just won’t have the same feel,’ he told The Mirror.

‘An empty arena is not going to lift me up to fight, I will have to wait until they’re full again.  

‘How are the fighters going to get motivated? I couldn’t do it but maybe other people can.’

Khan has not fought since beating Billy Dib last year and will wait for his next bout

Hearn intends to stage fight nights on four consecutive Saturdays in the 15-acre grounds of his Matchroom headquarters in Brentwood, Essex, as his plan to bring elite boxing back to Britain amid the coronavirus crisis. 

His £1million plan is to open with the all-Brit world title clash between Terri Harper and Natasha Jonas in mid-July, before closing with Dillian Whyte’s WBC interim heavyweight title fight against Alexander Povetkin in the first or second Saturday in August.  

The proposal, which is in its advanced stages, will see four cards of five fights each spread across a 28-day stretch. With a working title of Matchroom Fight Camp, the expenditure and the logistical exercise are significant amid the restrictions caused by Covid-19. 

Thirty-three-year-old Khan is happy to wait to enter the ring when fans are allowed to attend




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