Amir Khan will face his first American opponent as a professional when he has his seventh paid fight at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena next month.
Promoter Frank Warren is hoping to reveal the identity of the opponent tomorrow or Thursday for the Olympic silver medallist’s appearance on March 25 on the undercard of Scott Harrison’s WBO featherweight title defence against Joan Guzman, the former WBO super-bantamweight title-holder from the Dominican Republic.
“It will be an overseas opponent, I hope an American who can put some pressure on him and extend him a few rounds,” said Warren.
Nineteen-year-old Khan welcomed the news, having overcome three Americans during his amateur days.
“In my whole boxing career I’ve boxed three Americans and stopped two of them,” he recalled.
“It will be good because their styles are a little bit different from ours. It’s good experience, learning by fighting different types of opponents.”
The English teenager chalked up his sixth professional victory by stopping the more experienced Jackson Williams in three rounds at London’s ExCel Arena on Saturday.
Khan is relishing his return to the Braehead Arena, where he halted midlander Steve Gethin in three rounds in his third paid fight in November.
“The crowd were brilliant – it was like I was from Glasgow itself,” he said. “I had a fantastic reception and I’m looking forward to going back.
Warren suggested: “He could become an honorary Jock. They love him.”
On Khan’s last appearance in Glasgow, some of his fans left the venue before the main event in which Harrison retained his title with a points victory over Australia’s Nedal Hussein.
Warren believes that was down to the lateness of the hour and the fact they had to travel back home to Lancashire, rather than any lack of respect for Harrison.
This time, Khan is urging them to stay on.
“It’s going to be a great fight, one of the best fights we’ll see this year,” he predicted. “If you pay for your tickets you should stick around and watch the whole show.”
Khan intends to maintain his “nice guy” approach to boxing.
Responding to reports that one of his team had urged him to adopt a meaner streak during last Saturday’s victory over Jackson, he added: “I’ve always been a nice person. I’ve been brought up by a good family and I respect everyone. Boxing’s a job I have to do. But it’s just a sport, and I think I'll always be a nice guy.
“I think that’s why I have a good fan base, a lot of people coming to the fights and lots of fan mail, because I’m not nasty in any way.”