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Amir Khan claims I’m a Celebrity inspired ring return

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Acelebrity detox in the television jungle has cleared Amir Khan’s mind for a comeback in the more down-to-earth surroundings of Liverpool, on April 21.The former world champion appeared to be stumbling into premature retirement from boxing, at still only 31, until he was transported into that reality show.’Going to the jungle made me think about everything that had been going wrong with my life,’ said Khan as he revealed a three-fight campaign to win a world welterweight title.’It reminded me that boxing is what I love and of my passion for becoming a champion again.’ That humbling experience also focused Khan on ending his feud with his previous promoter, Eddie Hearn, who he had accused of being the ‘unlikeable’ barrier to a long-awaited domestic blockbuster of a fight with Kell Brook.Their reunion also sets up a big-money return for Khan to Sky Sports, who will screen the Liverpool return against a top-10 welterweight opponent to be named next week, a summer showdown with perhaps Brook but more likely American bad boy and four-time champion Adrien Broner, then a winter world title super-fight against Errol Spence Jnr or Keith Thurman.Khan’s pregnant wife Faryal has credited the ‘I’m A Celebrity’ reality check for saving their marriage, saying: ‘Amir came back from the jungle a different man.Changed for the better.’ The man himself says: ‘I needed time on my own.To realise who I want to be.I saw that I have two or three prime years left in what I want to do most of all, that I’m a 31-year-old man now not a kid.’ The Khan marriage had hit the hard place between mutual, lurid accusations with Khan alleging that his wife had an affair with world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, with whom he will now be a stablemate in Hearn’s Matchroom promotions.Khan says now: ‘I said some stupid things.I’d been through two hard years with all the drama in my life and the operation for a hand injury.I was all over the place and the social media can make you say childish things.The jungle was my detox.I never really lived the celebrity life and this put that with all its egos behind me and reminded me to concentrate on boxing.’ Even so, he thanks the stars with whom he lived in the jungle for helping him see straight: ‘I’ve never really spent much time with celebrities but this group assured me that it’s not only me who gets hate mail – they all do – and that you just have to keep working at what you do best.’ As for making up with Hearn, he says: ‘I had found out that I couldn’t be my own promoter.At this final stage of my career I need a team who can get me the big fights.I have no more time to lose.’Eddie is the best promoter in the UK, where I need to come back to from America to fight in front of my home fans.Eddie will probably be my last promoter now.’ Hearn says: ‘Behind all the nonsense Amir has always been a nice lad.We’re both excited about this.He is still one of the big names in boxing and there are some huge fights out there for him – Broner, Thur


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