Former world titleholder Amir Khan 34-4 (19) insists his best performances come off the back of losses.
The boxer from Bolton in Lancashire, UK is nearing the end of his training camp with new trainer Joe Goossen ahead of his April 21 welterweight clash with Phil Lo Greco 28-3 (15) of Canada at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
“I jumped back from being knocked out by (Breidis) Prescott to win the light-welterweight world title,” Khan explained to TalkSports.com. “I jumped back with good performances against (Luis) Collazo and (Devon) Alexander after being beaten by (Danny) Garcia.
“I have had my best performances after being beaten. I go back to the drawing board, work on my skills and become better.”
The 31-year-old Khan has been out of action since May 2016 when he was starched in six rounds by Canelo Alvarez in a contest for the WBC middleweight title. The fight was contested at a catchweight of 155-pounds, technically two divisions heavier than Khan has ever fought.
A single right cross from the Mexican champion connected with Khan’s jaw, knocking him out cold.
“I’d rather get knocked out by one punch than take numerous punches,” continued Khan. “The shots I’ve taken when I’ve been knocked out, there haven’t been many. Everything is good, in training I feel better than ever.”
Lo Greco has lost three of his past six fights, including a unanimous decision loss to Shawn Porter and a TKO3 to Errol Spence Jr when he stepped in as a late replacement for Roberto Garcia in 2015. The 33-year-old Canadian fought once in 2016 – a unanimous decision loss to Joseph Elegele – and once in 2017, a majority decision victory over journeyman Jesus Gurrola.
Khan says he has more than one plan in place to deal with Lo Greco on Saturday night.
“I have a good boxing brain, a lot of skills and I like to mix it up. It just depends, but whatever Phil Lo Greco brings, I’m going to have answers for in the fight,” he said.