Amir Khan says 2018 is the year a showdown with British rival Kell Brook may finally happen

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Amir Khan wants to end his career on a high by winning another world title

Amir Khan says a British superfight against bitter rival Kell Brook is an option for later this year.

The former world champion will return to the ring for the first time in almost two years on April 21 at The Echo Arena in Liverpool, with an opponent to be announced next week.

And Khan is now under the same promotional banner as Brook after signing a three-fight deal with Matchroom, making a fight between the pair easier to make.

The 31-year-old plans to come back at welterweight (147 lbs), while Brook recently moved up to super-welterweight (154 lbs), but Khan hinted he may be open to moving up.

Kell Brook and Amir Khan
Image: Is 2018 the year Kell Brook and Amir Khan finally settle their longstanding rivalry?

When asked about his plans for 2018, Khan said: "Looking at future fights, maybe someone like Kell Brook. I know he has moved up a weight but maybe that fight could happen later on in the year.

"I need to see what weight I am going to feel comfortable. I am still saying I can make 147 lbs but once I put the muscle on and once I go back into training camp - that is when I will get a better understanding what weight I want to fight at.

"But look I want to be in the big fights. I belong in the big fights. I want to finish off my boxing career in these next couple of years with a big bang."

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Amir Khan signing a three-fight deal with Matchroom boxing is 'perfect' for all involved, according to promoter Eddie Hearn

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn says the plan is for Khan to fight three times in 2018 and named Adrien Broner, Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman, Errol Spence and Danny Garcia as fights he would like to make for the former Olympic silver medallist.

Garcia knocked Khan out in the fourth round of their fight in July 2014 to take his WBA (Super) light welterweight title and that is a loss the Bolton native would like the opportunity to avenge, as well as defeats to Breidis Prescott and Lamont Peterson.

Khan said: "Imagine bringing the likes of Prescott, Garcia and Peterson to the UK and having those big fights?

"Garcia and Peterson are both on the same level as me - I am at that world boxing level."

Khan has not fought since a knockout loss to Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez for the WBC middleweight title in May 2016 and has spent time away from boxing, including an appearance on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

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Amir Khan has signed a three-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing for 2018, with his first fight taking place in Liverpool on April 21, live on Sky Sports

But he says that time out of the ring has helped him regain his hunger and he is determined to become a world champion once again.

"I want to still win another world title. I want to come back with a big bang. It has been some time out of the ring," Khan said.

"I was in the jungle for a TV show and that is when I thought 'what do you want in your life?'. I knew I wanted to become a world champion again."

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