Amir Khan to fight Julio Diaz in Sheffield on April 27

Last Updated: 28/02/13 11:07am

  • Share:
Amir Khan: Bolton fighter to return to action in the UK in Sheffield on April 27

Amir Khan: Bolton fighter to return to action in the UK in Sheffield on April 27

Sky Bet

Amir Khan's return fight in the United Kingdom has been confirmed for Sheffield's 12,000-capacity Motorpoint Arena on April 27.

The former world champion will meet tough Mexican Julio Diaz in his first bout on English soil since his controversial win over Paul McCloskey.

The Bolton fighter took on Northern Ireland's McCloskey in Manchester in April 2011 and had a difficult night's work before winning via a sixth-round technical decision following a cut suffered by the challenger.

Light-welterweight Khan's last fight was a one-sided stoppage of over-matched Carlos Molina in Los Angeles in December in his first outing since successive defeats to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia.

Diaz has a record of 40-7-1 (29 KO wins) without proving himself against elite opposition, but is confident of causing a shock.

"There are a lot weaknesses," Diaz told the Sun. "He can't take a punch and when he gets overwhelmed he tends to panic too much.

"I aim to make it a brawl. I won't be too technical or too pretty but it will be a real fight."

Khan's promoters, Golden Boy, are branching out in the UK and will stage the show with London 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo and Khan's brother Haroon making their professional debuts on the undercard.

  • Share:

Related

Khan v Diaz

Khan: Johnny wants to see 'vulnerable' Khan in the ring with Kell Brook

Domestic duel

After a thrilling fight night in Sheffield, Johnny Nelson wants to see Amir Khan take on Kell Brook.

Khan celebrates a points decision which is thought to have put him in a position to challenge for titles

Learning on the job

Is another title shot in only his third fight under Virgil Hunter too much too soon for Amir Khan?

Amir Khan: Caught flush by a left hook - again

Enjoying Amir

Amir Khan's vulnerability is what makes him so watchable, and will keep him in the limelight.

Most Popular

Features

Amir's longest fight

Amir's longest fight

Amir Khan has been called-out by Kell Brook but is already taking on a bigger battle with his new charity.

Second Shout

Second Shout

Kell Brook's close friend Ryan Rhodes and rival Amir Khan react to the Special One's mammoth victory.

Heavyweight Hopes

Heavyweight Hopes

We will get up close and personal with the big man in Anthony Joshua: Heavyweight Hopes...