PROUD father Amir Khan says baby daughter Lamysah is all the motivation he needs ahead of his return to the ring against Devon Alexander on Saturday.

The Bolton boxer defends his WBC Silver welterweight title against Alexander at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas after more than six months without action.

In that time, since his impressive unanimous points victory against Luis Collazo, he has become a father for the first time.

And he says that has provided him with even more reason to return to Bolton a winner again.

Khan said: "I had a nice break since the last fight in May and six months is not too bad.

"I had a baby girl in that time so it has been good to spend some time with her and my wife because I am a big family man.

"I have not changed any nappies yet, though, I leave that to the wife.

"Being a father gives me the drive to do even better and to work harder.

"I will be giving 10 times as much in the ring.

"My daughter is a great motivation for me."

Khan admits being away from his daughter and wife, Faryal, during the training camp in preparation for the big fight has been tough.

The 27-year-old is based in San Francisco with trainer Virgil Hunter while his young family is back home in Bolton.

But he has kept in regular contact via video calls during his training camp stateside.

And as the fight night gets nearer, he knows the chance to be reunited with his family is also edging closer.

He added: "Spending time with my daughter has been great, though it is hard when you are in the training camp and away from home.

"I Skype them a lot and it just makes me more driven to go back home as a winner.

"That's my aim in Las Vegas – to make sure I win for my family and to make them proud."