Former World Champion, Amir Khan, is set to make a return to the ring on April 21st at the Echo Arena, in Liverpool. Since announcing his return, and his new partnership with Eddie Hearn, there has been much speculation as to who Khan will face in April.
Eddie Hearn publicly stated that he had given a list of potential opponents to Khan’s trainer, Virgil Hunter. Hearn even released a few of the names on the list, such as; Sammy Vasquez Jr, Adrian Granados, and Josesito Lopez.
Given the interest in Khan’s return, we decided to scour the 147-pound division to compile a list of opponents that we feel could square off against Khan on April 21st.
1. Sammy Vasquez
Sammy Vasquez (21-2 15KOs), would enter a fight with Khan after nearly a year out of the ring and on the back of two successive defeats.
Vasquez got his first taste of defeat as a professional in July 2016, when he lost a unanimous decision to Felix Diaz. Vasquez last saw action in February 2017, when in a fight he was expected to win, Luis Collazo stopped Vasquez.
If Vasquez hasn’t fully recovered both mentally and physically from his two defeats, then he could prove to be the perfect opponent for Khan.
2. Phil Lo Greco
Canadian welterweight, Phil Lo Greco (28-3 15KOs), is perhaps best known for his fights against Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter. Outside of the ring, Lo Greco has found success through his YouTube series Culinary Fighter.
While the Culinary Fighter has seen more action than Khan of late, with only two fights in 24 months, Lo Greco has probably not been the busiest man in the sport.
Lo Greco’s last outing, against Mexico’s Jesus Gurrola, took place at the Scotia Bank Convention Centre, in Niagra Falls, Canada, and saw him claim a majority decision over eight rounds.
If Khan turns up focused and ready to fight, then Lo Greco should provide the perfect rust shedding exercise for the Bolton native.
3. Mauricio Herrera
Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (24-7 7KOs), perhaps best known for his controversial loss to Danny Garcia, has mixed it up with some of the top operators at 140 and 147 pounds during his career.
El Maestro is currently on a small run of form, securing wins against Hector Velasquez and Jesus Soto Karass in 2017 and at 37 years old, Herrera still has the potential to be a banana skin for Khan.
4. Sam Eggington
Khan’s new stablemate, Sam Eggington (21-4 13KOs), had a mixed 2017, which ended with a loss to French welterweight, Mohamed Mimoune.
Eggington is also expected to make the step up to 154 pounds for his next contest. However, with rumours abound that Khan is keen to secure a domestic opponent for his comeback fight—Eggington could prove to be the perfect opponent.
While many would suspect that Eggington can stop Khan, it is more likely that Khan’s speed, and skill, would prove too much for the Birmingham native.
5. Ceferino Rodriguez
Ceferino Rodriguez (24-2 12KOs), is a former EBU Welterweight Champion, who in his last outing was stopped brutally by our number four pick, Sam Eggington.
Rodriguez has competed at European level for the past five years, and the Spaniard could prove to be the ideal candidate for Khan when he returns on April 21st.