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Fans won't forget tonight - Khan

Amir Khan and Julio Diaz. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

By Andy Hampson

Amir Khan is determined to put on a show for his fans tonight in a rare appearance on home soil.

The 25-year-old takes on Mexican Julio Diaz in a non-title bout in Sheffield in what will be his first fight in the UK for two years.

But Khan expects to put himself back in the frame for world-title fights with a victory and, in all likelihood, that would mean returning to the United States to fulfil his ambitions.

The Bolton fighter said: "I want my fans to be there and it is going to be a night they are not going to forget because it could be one of the last times I fight in the UK.

"Straight after this fight we will back into world-title fights and most of them are in America.

"We are going to try to get them to the UK, but it could be one of the last times I fight in the UK.

"Fighters aren't normally prepared to do what I do - go to their countries - America - and fight them in their home states."

The Diaz fight has been set at a "catch weight" of 143 pounds - a mark between super lightweight and welterweight.

It will be the heaviest Khan has fought at while California-based Diaz, himself a former world lightweight champion, is coming down slightly after recent welterweight fights.

The fight headlines a packed card that also sees Khan's 21-year-old brother Haroon, after 66 wins as an amateur, make his professional debut in a four-round super flyweight contest against Bulgaria's Stefan Slavchev.