Haroon Khan homes in on five-star show
BOLTON boxer Haroon Khan fights in front of a hometown crowd for the first time as a professional tomorrow night, aiming to copy brother Amir and put on a blistering show.
The 23-year-old super flyweight is on the VIP Promotions bill at the Bolton Whites hotel at the Reebok Stadium as he looks to make it five successive victories since turning pro.
He takes on 24-year-old Kyle King from Cardiff who has won four of his seven fights to date and Khan is itching to get back after waiting four months to return to action following his last win against Francis Croes in Sheffield.
And he is relishing the chance to box on home turf in front of family and friends.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist told The Bolton News: “This is my first fight in my home town as a professional.
“I expected my first professional fight to be here but now it’s happening and I can’t wait.
“I have always said that whenever there is a chance to fight in Bolton, I want to be on the bill and don’t care who it is against.
“It will be good to have the home crowd and the family ringside as well as my friends who cannot usually travel.
“It will be an electric atmosphere and I hope I can put on a good show and make it worth their while.
“It’s been a while – something like two or three months since I have been in the ring – so it will be good to get back. I’ve been dying to fight again.
“I miss wearing the gloves and walking out to the ring. I have learned so much new stuff since then in training and can’t wait to show everyone that.”
Being little more than 12 months into his professional career, the younger Khan continues to learn from older brother, and former unified world champion, Amir.
And he says his sibling’s professional display in beating Luis Collazo in Las Vegas recently has inspired him to follow suit.
Haroon added: “I watched Amir’s fight recently and he looked a completely different fighter.
“The way he boxed and has changed has given me something to use in my training and development because I can learn from him as well.
“It’s good I watched that.
“Everyone saw how much he has worked in the Collazo fight because he is not an easy opponent who keeps coming forward.
“The way Amir fought impressed me and he has helped me with strength conditioning and advice.
“I want to fight as much as I can and get as much experience as I can and take it step by step.
“I want to win every title starting from the bottom but for now the titles can wait – they will not be going anywhere.”