There's deep irony that Amir Khan's next fight will fall on the same date as David Haye's scrap with Dereck Chisora.
The two heavyweights will be getting it on at Upton Park in a contest that pretty much sums up everything bad about the sport. Then, hopefully, Khan can enter the ring in America and remind us of the good that boxing can bring.
It's hard to understand why Haye has allowed himself to get dragged into returning to the ring in this way. When he announced his retirement we all knew his career had ended badly with the "bad toe" defeat to Wladimir Klitschko. But he still had enough credibility from all that had gone before to keep the respect of the public.
Now, what can he achieve? He is 1.422/5 favourite to beat Chisora as they re-enact a brawl inside the ropes, but even victory in a discredited contest will count for little in the eyes of most sports fans. Haye will make some more money, but lose pretty much everything else his career had gained. The promotion sanctioned by Luxemburg in defiance of the British Boxing Board of Control shows no respect to the sport.
In contrast Khan is seeking the right way forward to put his own career back on track after the first defeat of his professional life. He has yet to get back the WBA and IBF light welterweight titles that Lamont Peterson took from him in December, even though the American has since been proved to have taken performance enhancing drugs. So the answer is to chase the WBC title held by up and coming young American Danny Garcia. Then he aims to step up a division and take on the welterweight greats Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.
Khan is 1.261/4 to regain his status as a world champion by beating Garcia although it won't be that simple a fight. His 24-year-old opponent is very much a carbon copy of himself. While Khan is an example to the Pakistani community in his native Bolton - a status recognised by him carrying the Olympic torch today - Garcia, who boasts a 23-0 record, is the standard bearer for the Puerto Rican community in Philadelphia.
What's encouraging about the Bolton boy is that he's always seeking ways to improve. The latest is to look at his diet - ironically employing the same nutritionist who advises Haye. That means a breakfast of organic oatmeal with organic fruit salad, then fish and steamed vegetables for supper.
"It's like a car, you're not going to put diesel in a petrol car," says Khan. "We put the right food in our body and you fight better, you work better, you train harder. I can tell the difference in how hard I punch already."
Let's hope that makes the difference and helps him justify being such a short price favourite for a tough fight. After what could be an ugly contest at Upton Park, British boxing will be glad of a more wholesome follow-up.
Five things you might not know about Danny Garcia
1. He suffered a traumatic birth (March 1988 in Philadelphia), struggling for survival because his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and strangling him before doctors intervened.
2. He was born with six toes on his right foot.
3. His father Angel had been a small time boxer, and enrolled Danny in the local gym at Harrowgate Boxing club from the age of ten. Angel is still his primary coach.
4. He was 2006 US National Amateur champions, and won 107 of his 120 bouts. Critically one of the losses was against Javier Molina in the Beijing Olympic trials, and he turned pro rather than go to China only as a reserve.
5. He won his first professional fight in 2007 against Mike Denby with a first round knockdown - the start of a run of four opening round wins in seven contests.