Amir Khan has been back training in Bolton ahead of his bout in Saudi Arabia but admits America will remain his long-term training base.

The Bolton star will fly out to Jeddah later this week to prepare for his WBC Pearl title fight against Indian Neeraj Goyat.

Khan was training at his Prince Street gym on Wednesday, under the watchful eye of trainer Clarence ‘Bones’ Adams and strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, in preparation for the July 12 date.

The Olympic silver medalist says it is only a temporary break from Virgil Hunter who was in his corner for his WBO World title fight defeat to Terence Crawford.

And while the 32-year-old was pleased to be back in his hometown, he prefers training out in the States and being out of his comfort zone.

“It’s different. I like America for training because I’m more at peace,” Khan told the Bolton News.

“You know your surroundings here but I like to be outside of my comfort zone where I don’t know anyone, I’m just a normal guy. I like that life.

“Here I know everyone and sometimes it’s nice to have that space and be lonely because it makes me train harder, I know that for a fact.” 

Khan rejoined Hunter for the Crawford fight, which saw him lose in bizarre fashion, and the quick turnaround from the April date is partly behind the switch to Adams.

“It’s nice to be back and training here where I haven’t trained for some time,” he added.

“Having a new coach for this fight, and working with Alex again, it was because it was such a quick turnaround from the last fight.

“I want to keep myself busy. I’m getting older now and I want to maximise and learn from the mistakes that I’ve just made going in to this fight.

“That’s what me and ‘Bones’ are doing now, working on a few things to introduce in to my style. He sees things and it can be good to get a new coach.

“I know that Virgil has his own thing going on with other fighters and for this fight I thought it would be great to be working with ‘Bones’ because he sees things that maybe other coaches won’t see who I’ve worked with before.

“I think it’s nice that I’ve got new faces and eyes on me.”

Khan, with 33 wins from his 38 fights, faces 27-year-old Goyat in a fight billed as ‘Nations Connect’.

Not since 2011 has Khan fought three times in a year, but in the twilight of his career, he admits time isn’t on his side as he looks to break new territories, as well as holding an ambition to regain a world title.

“I think it could be three fights this year,” he added.

“I am getting that little bit older now and I don’t want to be wasting any time for anyone, who’s going to win this fight, and who am I fighting next.

“When this came up I said let’s just take it quickly.

“I know this is the last chapter and this is why I wanted to fight in Saudi Arabia as I never knew if I would get the opportunity again.”