Amir Khan throws water over rival at in heated exchange about personal life
LONDON (Web Desk) – Amir Khan threw water over Phil Lo Greco after being taunted by the Canadian at a press conference to promote the British boxer’s return to the ring after almost two years away.
Khan’s comeback, which comes after a period of marital difficulties and a spell in the “I’m a Celebrity” reality TV jungle, will see him take on Canadian Lo Greco in Liverpool on April 21.
At a pre-fight promotional event, Lo Greco pointed to Khan’s family issues and marital difficulties since losing to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in May 2016. And the former world champion, 31, responded by throwing water at the Canadian, prompting an on-stage melee.
Lo Greco said: “After the Canelo loss you went on a losing streak – family, wife, and then you go out and tweet to the heavyweight champion of the world. What is wrong with you, mate?”
Lo Greco told Khan he was looking for a “dog fight” on the night and warned the Briton his career would “only get worse” as a result of the heavy knockout he suffered against Alvarez, when he made a one-time step up to middleweight.
Khan responded to the jibes by throwing water towards Lo Greco at the press conference in Liverpool, prompting security to intervene before Khan insisted he would take the bout as seriously as ever.
“I will train like it’s a world-title fight. Greco says maybe I’m past my best. I’m 31 and at the peak of my career,” Khan said. “For me, boxing is the way forward. Boxing put me here and I am going to finish on a high.”
Khan, flanked by his father Shah at the media event, refused to apologise to Lo Greco for throwing water but said sorry to those in attendance.
“I will train like it’s a world-title fight,” said Khan. “Greco says maybe I’m past my best. I’m 31 and at the peak of my career. For me, boxing is the way forward. Boxing put me here and I am going to finish on a high.
“I have a great three-fight deal. To start in Liverpool, a great city, this will be another big one. He has just motivated me to go to the gym and work hard. I am going to give this guy a beating for 12 rounds.”