Amir Khan throws water on opponent after verbal attacks about wife Faryal Makhdoom

Updated: 01 February, 2018 10:04 IST | Agencies | London

Boxer throws water on Lo Greco after opponent taunts him about his wife

Amir Khan throws a glass of water over his next opponent Phil Lo Greco during a media interaction in Liverpool yesterday. Pic/ Getty ImagesAmir Khan throws a glass of water over his next opponent Phil Lo Greco during a media interaction in Liverpool yesterday. Pic/ Getty Images

Amir Khan reacted to taunts about his personal life by throwing water over future opponent Phil Lo Greco as the pair clashed at the press conference ahead of their April 21 bout.

Khan is returning to the ring for the first time in almost two years after a period of well-publicised marital difficulties as well as a spell in the 'I'm a Celebrity' jungle.

Lo Greco, who has won 28 of his 31 fights, mocked Khan's career trajectory, insisting he had been on a "losing streak" in and out of the ring since losing his last fight against Saul Alvarez in May 2016.

The Canadian referred to a tweet that Khan had sent to Anthony Joshua regarding his relationship with his wife Faryal Makhdoom.

"Then he lost his family, his wife and then he posted on Twitter telling the world heavyweight champion he could have his leftovers," he said.

Khan responded by splashing water towards Lo Greco, prompting security to intervene before Khan insisted he would take the bout as seriously as ever. "If it is boxing I smile it off, if they say I can't take a shot, that's fine but when it gets to family then I have to stand my ground," Khan said.

"I will train like it's a world-title fight. Greco says maybe I'm past my best. I'm 31 and at the peak of my career. For me, boxing is the way forward. Boxing put me here and I am going to finish on a high," he added.

Amir Khan's wife Faryal Makhdoom
Amir Khan's wife Faryal Makhdoom

Cynics may suggest Khan's antics were designed to reignite his public profile since his signing with promoter Eddie Hearn, who has made no secret of his desire to make a domestic super-fight against welterweight rival Kell Brook.

Brook returns to the ring for the first time since he lost his IBF welterweight title to Errol Spence last year when he faces Sergey Rabchenko in Sheffeld next month.

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First Published: 01 February, 2018 10:00 IST

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