Amir Khan rules out fighting behind closed doors during coronavirus crisis

Amir Khan has no intention of swapping Madison Square Garden for Eddie Hearn's backyard.

The former world champion has not fought since he stopped Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia last summer.

But he is prepared to wait another 12 months to return to the ring if it means he can fight in front of fans.

Boxing in Britain is set to resume in July with promoter Hearn planning to host four shows in the grounds of his mansion, culminating in Dillian Whyte's clash with Alexander Povetkin.

Khan, however, cannot imagine walking to the ring without the roar of the crowd in his ears.

"Fighting in empty arenas when it's just you, your opponent and the referee just won't have the same feel," he told Mirror Fighting.

"An empty arena is not going to lift me up to fight, I will have to wait until they're full again.

"I'm always keeping myself busy, training here and there so I don't think it will be a problem as long as I tick over.

"I've been there so many times on my own in sparring and you don't get the same feeling; what gets me in the mood for it is my fans.

"How are the fighters going to get motivated? I couldn't do it but maybe other people can.

"For the younger fighters who are up-and-coming it might be better and they can have two or three fights like that and before they know it they'll be fighting for a title at the real MSG – from one garden to another; but I can't see the bigger guys doing it."

Khan failed in his last bid to win another world title when his fight with Terence Crawford was stopped in the sixth round after the Brit failed to recover from a low blow.


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