On Wednesday, Amir Khan revealed his unexpected decision to sign for Matchroom and Eddie Hearn was motivated by his desire to again fight out of Britain.
Khan, a former light-welterweight world champion, will return to the ring for the first time in nearly two years on April 21, live on Sky Sports from Liverpool's Echo Arena.
That he has a reputation there potentially increases his value to Matchroom, who recently began expanding to America, and Khan told Press Association Sport: "I had a lot of options but wanted my career to be in England". Get Me Out of Here! before setting up a world title fight towards the end of the year.
"I know I have got the skills, the speed, the youth and the energy to do this".
"I really believe I belong in that mix so I just can't wait to get in there and get my first fight out of the way".
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He will have been inactive for nearly two years, since his heavy knockout defeat by Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, and will also be fighting in the United Kingdom for the first time in five years. "Eddie's good at that and you have to respect him".
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The former IBO welterweight champion, who hit the headlines previous year for publishing footage of a sparring session with Conor McGregor, took to Instagram to reveal that he'd heard a rumour that he was the front-runner to share the ring with Khan.
"I was in the jungle, thinking very hard in there, on my own and not listening to other people, and thinking about where I wanted to be in my life", he said.
Hearn, who's not exactly been Khan's biggest fan in the past, has put their bad blood to one side in order to concentrate on business, with the hope that the Athens 2004 silver medallist can get consecutive wins under his belt before a monster fight towards the end of the year. "The only way to do that is with someone established".