Amir Khan believes his fight with Julio Diaz will generate excitement for the fans
Amir Khan has called his clash with Julio Diaz an 'exciting matchup' after it was officially confirmed on Thursday.
Last Updated: 28/02/13 11:24am
Khan will fight in the UK for the first time since be defeated Paul McCloskey in Manchester exactly two years ago when he faces Diaz at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on April 27.
Diaz twice won the IBF lightweight title but has not figured at the highest level since 2007, since when he has moved up to welterweight.
The 33-year-old has beaten 29 of his 40 victims via stoppage but has also lost seven times with five inside the distance.
However, it is these qualities that Khan believes will make for an interesting fight.
"It's been two years since I last fought in the United Kingdom and I can't wait to get in the ring in front of my fans," Khan said.
"Julio Diaz is a former world champion and a very dangerous opponent who is coming off an impressive performance in his last fight.
"I know he will be coming with guns blazing and I'm ready for whatever he has to throw at me. With my speed and boxing skills, and his power and experience, it makes for a really exciting matchup.
"He may have other ideas but I'm adamant that my return to the British shores is going to be a very successful one."
Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, expects Khan to be energised by fighting on home soil.
"We're excited to return to England and bring the loyal British fans the return of Amir Khan on April 27," he said.
"Amir is closing in on a shot at regaining his world champion status and I know he's going to use the energy from the crowd in Sheffield to motivate him.
"Standing in his way will be a dangerous opponent in Julio Diaz who is on a hot streak of his own that he expects to keep intact in England."
Diaz recorded two stoppage wins last year before drawing with unbeaten prospect Shawn Porter in December.
"I'm not going to England for the fight to go to the scorecards. I'm fighting for the knockout," said the California-based Mexican.
"I know the knockout is the only thing that will get me the win, so I'm training extra hard already in order to get a victory on Khan's home turf. I'm a heavy hitter and he can't take a punch, so to me, that is the perfect combination."
The fight will take place at a catchweight of 143lb.