Amir Khan v Phil Lo Greco: No upset here but Canadian can hold off Khan until later rounds
Amir Khan will be looking to put on a show in his first bout since that KO defeat to Canelo when he takes on Phil Lo Greco on Saturday. He's a warm order to win the bout, so Frankie Monkhouse has his eye on the round betting to get more value...
"There will be a few punters keen to oppose Amir Khan at every turn on his comeback but the stats make the upset difficult to back here with the away fighter losing half of his last six"
Amir Khan returns to the ring for the first time since that sixth-round knockout defeat at the hands of Saul Alvarez. Much has changed in the Bolton lad's life since including a move to Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Sports but will it be a case of same old Khan when in with Canadian Phil Lo Greco on Saturday?
A change of promoter, clear-out of his backroom staff, marital problems and a stint in the celebrity jungle, 31-year-old Amir Khan will be aiming to leave it all on the other side of the ropes and bag a first professional win in three years. The betting has him a short-price favourite but fight fans know nothing's ever simple with the former world champion.
Meeting with Kell Brook has never been closer
We have been promised a new-look King Khan by Hearn's promotional team, one ready to put his career back on track and return to winning world titles but the stats don't lie and the Brit has lost four of 35 fights with three of those defeats coming by way of KO/TKO. Critics say he doesn't have a chin and it's becoming increasingly difficult to argue against that view.
Khan's best chance of getting back to somewhere near the big time looks to be an all-British clash with old rival Kell Brook and that may just have been Matchroom Boxing's aim when persuading Amir to sign on the dotted line. The two fighters won't be thrown together anytime soon but there's no doubt a meeting is now closer than ever and we're set for months of hype and build-up.
There's [1.10] on Khan beating Lo Greco on the Betfair Exchange or 4/11 - market best price on the Sportsbook - about a win inside-the-distance and that looks the smart pick here. More likely than a points cheer at 11/4. He'll be happy to get the rounds and a win in 7-12 is 11/8 (Betfair Sportsbook).
Lo Greco has lost half of his last six
Don't worry if you don't know too much on the life and times of Canadian Phil Lo Greco - it shouldn't matter too much on Saturday night. The fact he's [13.5] to win the bout tells everything you need to know. He has lost three times in a 31-fight career including a third-round stoppage at the fists of Errol Spence Jr in the summer of 2015.
There will be a few punters keen to oppose Amir Khan at every turn on his comeback but the stats make the upset difficult to back here with the away fighter losing half of his last six, the three positives in that run coming against modest opposition over eight rounds.
48% KO average is worth noting but he's 14/1 to cut Khan down or 25/1 to win a points decision on foreign soil. Back Khan and enjoy the fight.