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Amir Khan to fight Julio Diaz in Sheffield on 27 April

2013-02-27 15:50:02

Amir Khan

Amir Khan's next fight will be against former world champion Julio Diaz in Sheffield on 27 April, his first contest in Britain for two years.

Khan's last bout in Britain was a six-round win over Paul McCloskey in 2011.

Khan's last fight was a stoppage of Carlos Molina in Los Angeles in December, his first outing since losses to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia.

Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo will make his pro debut on the same bill, as will Khan's brother Haroon.

Mexican Diaz, 33, is a former two-time lightweight world champion who has 40 wins from 48 fights with 29 knockouts.

However, he last held a world title in 2007 and has lost four and drawn one of his last 11 encounters.

Khan, a former light-welterweight world champion, struggled to sell tickets for his last fight against Molina but the Bolton fighter will hope to fill the 12,000-capacity Motorpoint Arena.

The 26-year-old's promoters, Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy, are looking to make inroads into the British market, hence the signing of 24-year-old middleweight Ogogo.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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