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Amir resumes rebuilding process

Amir Khan will resume his efforts to rebuild his career when he fights Julio Diaz in Sheffield on Saturday night.

The former WBC and WBA “super” junior welterweight champion will have his second fight since Danny Garcia stopped him in the fourth round last year.

He takes on Diaz in a 12-round catchweight bout at 64.85 kg at the Motorpoint Arena.

The 26-year-old Khan, who hails from Bolton in England, has a new trainer, Virgil Hunt. He takes a professional record of 27-3, with 19 wins inside the distance, into the fight.

Diaz, who is the 33 years old and has a record of 40-7-1; 29, was born in Mexico but fights out of Coachella in California. Khan must beat him to get back into a position from where he could challenge for a “world” title again.

The Briton, a former Olympic Games silver medallist, has beaten Andriy Kotelnik, Paulie Malignaggi, Marcus Maidana and Zab Judah; all highly rated opponents. His points defeat against Lamont Petersen caused an uproar.

Diaz has been a professional boxer for 14 years. Kendal Holt stopped him in the third round in 2011 but since then he has beaten Henry Aurad (14-4-1) and Hector Sanchez (19-2). His fight against Shawn Porter (20-0) ended in a split decision draw.

On the undercard, former Olympic Games super-heavyweight gold medallist Audley Harrison meets 27-year-old American heavyweight Deontay Wilder in a fight scheduled for ten rounds.

The 41-year-old Harrison has a record of 31-6; 23. Wilder (27-0; 20) won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics.


In Ontario, California, American Chris Arreola (35-2; 30) meets Bermane Stiverne (22-1-1; 20) of Haiti in a WBC heavyweight title eliminator.

Arreola, 32, returns to action after a 14-month layoff. He has fought only four rounds in the last 21 months. The 34-year-old Stiverne is undefeated in his past 11 fights and is also a big puncher.

In Mexico City, former WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (53-8; 45) faces Akhiro Katagiri (12-6-1; 4) of Japan in a featherweight bout.

And in Hamburg, Germany, Jürgen Brähmer (39-2; 30) defends his European light-heavyweight title against Tony Avelant (18-7-2; 4) of France.


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