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Pricey returns with win & welcomes potential Tyson Fury match


By Michael J Jones

LIVERPOOL heavyweight David Price returned to winning ways last night with a shut-out victory over plucky journeyman Kamil Sokolowski in London. The former British and Commonwealth champion was having his first contest since a disappointing defeat to Christian Hammer in February.

The 6’8” Price towered over his Polish opponent, who stood just over six-foot tall, and made full use of his advantages in height and reach. Boxing in a controlled manner behind his long jab, the scouse puncher won each of the six rounds comfortably for a 60-54 victory.

The Devon-based loser had also gone the distance with current British heavyweight champion Sam Sexton (a former KO victim of Price), as well as Gary Cornish and Tom Little to show he’s no mug despite a poor record which now stands at 4-12-2 (1).

The winner boxed for the first time under his new team of Derry Mathews and Joe McNally as well as scouse boxing figure George Vaughan on the MTK London card.
Price, now 22-4 (18), admitted to using the fight to get back into things and said afterwards; “I got a good six rounds in the bank but the thing is I need ring time.

Before my last fight, I had four rounds in two years and now I’m looking to get another six or eight-round fight under my belt in February, then a 10-rounder and then we’ll see what comes.”

“It’s not really my style to start calling people out but I want to step up” continued Price. “We know that there are fighters out there in a similar position to myself who would probably fancy the job against me, but I just keep pushing on and if something comes then great.”

One long-mooted bout has recently had its interest rekindled and Price wasn’t shy for a comment on a match against former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury. The long-absent Fury is currently in intense training for a 2018 comeback and the two men met recently and exchanged pleasantries.

“Tyson and I were together the other day and from what I was told he has a lot of big plans” the 34 year old Price commented of his rival. “I know that if Tyson Fury could give me the opportunity he would love to and I have a lot of respect for him. Let’s make no bones about it, I’m not on his level as a fighter, but a fight between us would still generate a lot of interest and we respect each other as men.”

Fury has entertained the bout on Twitter and the two have history with Price out-scoring Fury in their amateur days. Fury has called the defeat his “only genuine loss” but, as yet, nothing has been formerly arranged for the contest.

Price could well fancy a British title shot seeing as the reigning champion Sam Sexton was stopped by Price in four rounds in 2012. Sexton would surely also like the chance to avenge his defeat against a decent name.

Former Olympic Bronze medallist Price has had a rough ride as a pro since his first defeat to Tony Thompson four years ago. Spells of inactivity have been sandwiched between shocking losses. The talent, power and commitment has always been there and, especially in the heavyweight division, it sometimes only takes one or two good wins to get right back into the mix.

Theophane returns with much-needed win


By Michael J Jones

BRITISH ROAD warrior Ashley Theophane returned with a stoppage victory last night in Germany. Now 37 and competing in his 50th pro bout, Theophane had little trouble with Gori’s Paata Varduashvili and stopped his 36 year old opponent after seven mostly one-sided rounds.

Theophane, promoted by Mayweather Promotions and based in Las Vegas, takes his record to 41-8-1 (12) and needed this victory after dropping two of his last three contests. Varduashvili drops to 32-15-2 (25) with the defeat and has now been stopped in seven of his last thirteen contests.

The match took place in Hangelsberg and was for the vacant German International light middleweight title which is a tad confusing considering one man was British and based in the US while the other hails from Georgia.

The title may have meant little but “Treasure” was in good shape and all business. He took an early control he would never relinquish. The former British champion isn’t a noted puncher but hits harder than his record suggests and has mixed in far higher company than his opponent for last night.

Theophane dominated behind a sharp jab and as the fight progressed slotted in the power punches to jolt his foe repeatedly. It thus came as no surprise when the flagging Varduashvili wasn’t permitted to come out for the eighth round. The judges between them gave Paata just one session in the seven completed rounds.

Varduashvili’s last three victories have come against opponents with a combined record of just 4-39 but he gave it a go while it lasted.

The victor had suffered a defeat last year to boxing hellraiser Adrien Broner for the WBA junior welterweight title and also slipped to a decision defeat in August to Mexican-based Shoki Sakai.

While Broner had been largely expected to snap Theophane’s six-fight unbeaten run last April, Sakai caused an upset by out-working Theophane over eight hectic rounds in Las Vegas to lift a unanimous decision.

It will be interesting to see where Theophane goes from here. Many UK fighters have been calling him out but the battle-hardened warrior has made a career in taking the toughest fights out there which means he could be back in the US to take on a contender or champion in the New Year.

Theophane has now been a pro for fourteen years and only Broner has managed to stop him.

Immune Khan Breezes through first jungle vote amid ‘strawberrygate’ row


Livefight reviews Amir Khan’s second week on “I’m a Celebrity”

By Michael J Jones

LAST NIGHT boxing star Amir Khan survived the first public vote on ITV’s “I’m a Celebrity…Get me out of here!” In truth, the former world champion was never in any danger of being evicted after winning immunity earlier in the week alongside ‘partner in crime’ Iain Lee.

Khan, along with Lee, footballer Dennis Wise and reality starlet Georgia Toffolo, won a secret mission to be exempt from the first vote. Comedian Shappi Khorsandi lost the vote and had to leave camp immediately in a mild surprise.

Politician Kezia Dugdale appeared the shoe-in to leave after an under-whelming time on the show but the public instead opted for Khorsandi, who came across well during her time on the TV program. While Dugdale has cut a scowling figure in camp, Khorsandi has made pleasant viewing and appeared to embrace the experience throughout.

Many viewers were out-raged that Khan was immune after the infamous “Strawberrygate” incident earlier in the week. Pledged to carry out the daily ‘Dingo dollar challenge’ alongside TV presenter Iain Lee, Khan had to dress up as a cat to carry out the task under the guidance of Lee.

After successfully completing the challenge and getting the ‘Kiosk Keith’ question correct, the duo were rewarded with a pack of strawberries and cream to present to their fellow camp-mates on their return.

The devious pair instead demolished the whole lot while giggling like school-children as viewers, often over-sensitive to these matters, looked on shocked. Doing themselves no favours, Khan and Lee then lied when returning to camp, stating the camp members received no reward as they had gotten the question wrong following the task.

The sneaky pair looked to have gotten away with their ‘crime’ but for a moment of stupid honesty from Lee, who promptly confessed all to the bewildered and angry contestants, many who have lived almost solely on rice and beans since their entry to the Australian jungle thirteen days ago.

Khan later appeared to suggest it was Iain as the instigator to their crime later that night to the shock of viewers. Lee is a bit of a Marmite character but even his haters called for the truth to be revealed after Khan’s back-heel. Some even suggested Khan be removed entirely from the show for committing the serious crime of eating a few strawberries (Charley Bronson better watch his back with this new criminal powerhouse on the loose).

Iain Lee later confided to Shappi that it was Khan who instigated the consumption of the camp’s strawberries and word quickly spread around the contestants though, by that time, none of the camp mates seemed to care.

The show producers had to issue a comment to tell viewers the incident wasn’t one the show had rigged up and occurred naturally. The comments were issued after a friend of Amir’s stepped forward to say it was totally out of character for his buddy to act so selfishly.

However, there was no fooling the public who forced Khan to pay for his betrayal by voting him to carry out the next task with ‘Made in Chelsea’ star Georgia Toffolo.
The two had to down disgusting milkshakes/cocktails made of delightful contents such as blended vomit fruit, sheep’s brain and pig’s anus. Eventually, the pair bagged ten out of a possibly eleven meals for camp.

Bizarrely, Khan thought it would be a great idea to blow his foul breath into Georgia’s face after each gross drink he downed to make the reality star wretch repeatedly.

Khan, who has been a world champion in two weight divisions), then had the chance to carry out a secret mission with “Toff” where they would be in a separate camp for the chance to win immunity. Eventually, four members, including the 30 year old Amir, won the immunity meaning the fighter would survive the first public vote.

Also in the week, Khan clashed with Kezia Dugdale over the camp-fire in another “it wasn’t that dramatic” moment the producers seem to love. Khan spotted the politician putting too much logs on the fire. Dugdale argued it would be fine to have that amount of wood on the fire. Argument over.

Maybe Khan was still a little bit embarrassed after his recent comments regarding politics. The former Olympic Silver medallist stunned camp-mates mid-week when asking “have we ever had a female prime minister?” during a jungle chat. Worryingly, he didn’t appear to be joking.

Before the eviction last night, we were treated to a three-man challenge featuring Khan, Jamie Lomas and “Toff”. The task was simple enough; the three were in a row of isolated cubicals and had to work together to slide a key down a long chain through various obstacles and ‘jungle critters’.

Viewers were thus treated to another round of the Amir Khan shrieks and screams. Nothing overly bothered his other two team-mates, but every stroke of a crab or brush against a bug brought comical noises from the boxing star who appears more panicky when he can’t see what the peril may be.

It is occasionally difficult to remind ourselves that this was the warrior who went toe-to-toe with boxing greats such as Marco Antonio Barrera and Marcus Maidana in his 35 bout boxing career.

There is now only nine days left for camp members and it’s Georgia Toffolo who is still the bookies favourite to become Queen of the jungle. Khan is still around 10/1 and about the fourth favourite behind Toffolo, soap star Jamie Lomas and 77 year old Stanley Johnson.

Politician and author Johnson, the father of Boris, has, by usual expectations, been given an easy ride in his time on the show. He has completed just one task and one mini-task after being ruled out for the vast majority of the trials on ‘medical reasons’.

Overall, Khan is still doing a good job in the jungle. He makes the odd gaff here and there but at least seems reasonably genuine and down-to-earth. He’s definitely provided the majority of the laughs so far in this year’s show.

The winner of the show is usually the one who comes across as nice, but willing to get stuck into the jungle life and trials. For me, I think actor Jamie Lomas fits that bill and is the actual favourite to win the show.

There’s always the odd surprise vote here and there but I’d be quite surprised if Khan isn’t at least in the final three when the show concludes next weekend.

Livefight will update on the boxing star’s turn in the jungle in a few days; providing he stays in that long!

Khan Quotes

“To be honest I’ve never watched the show before.”

"Get me out! I'm a celebrity get me out of here!"

“I thought you’d all go easy on me as it was my first trial and you know I don’t like snakes and spiders.”

“I remember (after Athens 2004) a guy coming up to me for my autograph. I was like ‘why does he want my autograph?’ I realised then I was pretty well known.”

“Tell me what’s in there! I’m not putting my hand in I don’t know what’s in there!”

“Man don’t like spiders!”

“I think the public probably vote for me (to do the trials), as they like hearing me shriek and scream and the sounds I make.”

“Stanley, how do you think a woman would get on as the prime minister….have we ever had a female prime minister?”

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Hilarious Amir Khan survives ‘Donald Hump’ Scare but infuriates pop star


By Michael J Jones

LAST NIGHT in the latest episode of ITV’s ‘I’m a Celebrity….Get me out of here”, boxing star Amir Khan came through his third Bushtucker Trial at the expense of pop star Vanessa White. Bolton’s former Olympic Silver medallist continues to provide laughs aplenty with his obliviousness of the show’s concept and the panicky way he reacts in testing moments.

After blowing his first trial to the amusement of the British public and his many critics, Khan stormed through his second challenge before having two days break as two new contestants were introduced to the camp.

The plot twist was the camp was then split into two to compete against each other and Khan, part of the ‘rich team’ under new addition comedian Iain Lee. The rich camp were to compete under the premise that by them winning trials, it would assist the loser camp which included bookies favourite Georgia “Toff” Toffolo and soap star Jamie Lomas.

Khan was thus selected to compete against White in the ‘Fright House’ trial which consisted of entering various rooms full of bugs and ‘jungle critters’ to find items to progress into the next phase.

The rich team had won the previous night’s challenge and Khan rocked up to White and show presenters Ant and Dec to announce how delicious the cake had been from the previous task (which they never actually ate).

Petite White, starving after several days on the rice and beans diet, didn’t seem best pleased with Amir’s banter and gave him daggers.

As the White House spoof trial began, we discovered the first room was full of slimy fish guts and the two competitors had to find themselves a pair of fish eyes each among the disgusting pile of fish carcasses.

Khan first brought viewers to tears of laughter when he tried to pull eyes out of a fish’s head and had to be told be Ant and Dec “you’re not supposed to get them that way!”

With the two contestants struggling for success, the 30 year old former world champion asked White if she could help him search with White pointing out “I’m not meant to be helping you.”

White drew first blood and progressed into the next room. The next room was full of cockroaches, meal worms and pigeons so finding the colour button to get to the next room proved troublesome.

The boxing champion caught White up and then moved ahead by finding his green switch promptly.

As Khan left the frustrated "Saturday’s” singer, he entered a room which featured a large camel which, we were told, was named “Donald Hump”. The creature sported a similar hair-style as that of the US President to give him his amusing name.

The camel had a belt on and Khan had to find two green cards to be able to get to the final part of the trial. As Vanessa re-entered the fray, Khan found his two cards and proceeded to gear up for the final part; a tunnel filled with spiders and cobwebs.

As “King Khan” crouched to all fours to enter the passage, “Donald Hump” decided to lower his massive head and take a poke at the boxing champ’s backside. Khan jumped out of his skin and let out a less-than-macho shriek while the millions of viewers, alongside the guffawing pair of Ant and Dec nearly wet themselves laughing.

It really is very funny watching Khan progress a trial and that fact, coupled with the revelation of his hefty fee for entering the show and previous success in his boxing career, may see Amir a very busy guy for the remainder of his time in camp.

As the boxing star scurried among the large spiders, he made the presenters double up yet again when he said “man don’t like spiders”, in a moment of comedy gold.

Although scared witless, the former two-time world boxing champion navigated the remainder of the challenge just seconds before White to claim victory.

As he leaped out of the final gate, Khan infuriated Vanessa further commenting “Vanessa, stay in the tunnel you look good in there.”

Moments later, the still-seething Vanessa started walking back to her camp-mates which left Khan alone with Geordie duo Ant and Dec. Khan seemed pleased with himself and hilariously tried to reveal to the presenters that he’d actually won the trial for the other camp.

As Dec smiled “yeah we know”, Khan seemed oblivious to the fact that the presenters knew that fact better than anyone.

Many speculated that Khan was fibbing when he said he’d never watched the show but we are all starting to wonder if that may not be the exaggeration we first thought.

“I don’t know why the British public keep voting for me” commentated the millionaire before the trial. “Maybe they like seeing me shriek and scream at the spiders and snakes or something” the astute Khan added.

White cried her eyes out when she returned to the segregating camp but normal service was restored later in the show when both camps were reunited and all was revealed about the trial twists. There were also plenty of tears as packages were opened from loved ones.

Khan got a photo of his daughter and revealed he’d “kind of been missing her.” The lad really could be a professional comedian as his (mostly unintentional), comic timing is something to behold.

Khan’s fee has been said to be the largest ever given to any previous “I’m a Celeb” contestant in the range of over £400,000 but, to be fair to him, he’s been one of the most entertaining celeb’s in the program's fifteen-year history.

Khan’s odds of becoming “King Khan of the jungle” have now been slashed from a whopping 16/1 to just 9/1 with “Made in Chelsea” star Georgia Toffolo still the 5/4 favourite to win the show.

Khan, who turns 31 in a couple of weeks is currently 30-4 (19 KO’s) in his boxing career and last boxed 18 months ago. He was the WBA light-welterweight champion from 2009 to 2011 before claiming the IBF and WBC Silver belts.

He was for many years linked to a bout against American legend Floyd Mayweather Jr but, even after Mayweather asked the public who he should fight and Khan won the poll, he still refused to face the Brit.

Khan’s most famous pro victories have come against boxing legends Marco Antonio Barrera, Zab Judah and Marcus Maidana and it is expected he will make his latest boxing comeback next year.

Heavyweight Fiasco as Charr faces Ustinov for ‘WBA’ title


By Michael J Jones

BOXING FANS like me sound like a broken record when they say the heavyweight division is not what it was in its glory years. The general opinion this year, following several promising fighters climbing the ranks, was the division was set to recapture some of its magic. Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko put on a classic fight this year and that alone made the heavyweight market rise significantly.

Alas, these past few weeks have undone some of the good work and to top off a poor period for the big guys we now have a WBA heavyweight title fight scheduled for tomorrow in Germany and nobody even appeared to know the fight was happening.

Can anybody imagine a world heavyweight title fight of the last forty years featuring Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson or Lennox Lewis going ahead without ninety-five percent of fight fan’s knowledge? Yet this is where we find ourselves in the year 2017.

The WBA have seen fit to sanction a bout between Manuel Charr and Alexander Ustinov tomorrow night. The match is for the vacant belt and pits two fighters who are far from at their peak and who were not ever considered elite-level fighters even a few years ago.

It’s yet another sorry example of the way things are ‘organised’ by the sanctioning body.

Trying to piece together the last few years of the once-prestigious WBA heavyweight championship is akin to solving a Rubix cube, blind-folded whilst being attacked by a large Rottweiler…

Let’s go back a few years to when Alexander Povetkin was beaten in a unification bout against Wladimir Klitschko. The victory made Klitschko, a winner by unanimous decision, the WBA ‘Super champion’ and the actual WBA (normal) belt vacant.

Ruslan Chagaev became the WBA regular champion while Tyson Fury captured the ‘Super’ belt with a decision over long-time champion Klitschko. In the same time-period of 2015-2016, Cuban Luis Ortiz would claim the ‘Interim’ WBA championship meaning three men at the same time could claim to be the WBA champion of the world.

Chagaev would eventually lose his belt in an upset to Lucas Browne while the WBA ‘Super’ belt relinquished by Fury would be ‘won’ by Joshua knocking out Klitschko.

Is everyone following this so far? It gets worse…

Browne would be stripped of his title shortly after his win over Chagaev which meant the next two available contenders, Shannon Briggs and Fres Oquendo, would box for the vacant title with the fight scheduled for earlier this year.

The fight was scrapped when Briggs failed a drugs test leaving Oquendo in the wilderness and the farcical title bout taking place tomorrow night. Luis Ortiz has also failed a drugs test, scuppering his bout with WBC champion Deontay Wilder and is no longer the Interim WBA champion.

To the vacant WBA title bout tomorrow and it should be a fairly decent contest between two men at similar stages of their careers.

Manuel Charr, now 33-years-old and 30-4 (17), has been hovering on the fringes of world level for many years. Linked to separate bouts at one time with David Haye and Tyson Fury, Charr has suffered defeat in recent years to Johann Duhaupas and cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis and has lost three of his last seven. The German-based “Diamond Boy” has also been inactive for fourteen months following his last win; a unanimous decision over unbeaten, but largely unknown, Safer Saferi.

Charr, who lost his last world heavyweight title bout five years ago against Vitali Klitschko, picked up the WBA International title (dear God another one) that night which placed him high in the WBA ratings for his fight with Ustinov.

Charr was shot in the stomach in 2015 and also needed a double hip replacement earlier this year. Despite the out-of-the ring setbacks, Charr is poised to become a world champion but will have to beat a giant to do so.

The hulking Ustinov, now 40-years-old and 34-1 (25), is also a long-time fringe contender who’s only defeat came five years ago against Kubrat Pulev. Since then “Alexander the Great” has won all seven bouts though has only boxed once in two full years.

So there are your co-challengers ladies and gentleman; two guys who have been largely inactive, beaten every time they’ve stepped up to genuine world level and neither of which have any business calling themselves the world heavyweight champion.

Both men are twelve-year pros and nobody for one second blames either for taking their chance, even if it is another kick in the teeth for boxing.

Now for the amusing part…

A quick look at the WBA rankings and Ustinov is rated number two while Charr is sitting pretty at number four. Drug cheat Ortiz is still the WBA’s number one while Alexander Povetkin and Kubrat Pulev, knock-out winners over both of Saturday’s co-challengers, are below both Charr and Ustinov.

Both men’s best victories have come against a who’s who of shop-worn contenders such as David Tua, Danny Williams, Monte Barrett, Michael Sprott etc but, as said, it could be an OK fight while it lasts.

Neither boxer is considered to be a massive puncher but Ustinov, at 6’7 and around 300lbs, will be much the bigger man and most agree Charr doesn’t quite have the power of Kubrat Pulev.

Look for Russia’s Ustinov, whose last fight was in Bolton of all places, to be crowned the new champion of the WBA tomorrow night by a late-rounds stoppage. Charr may pinch the decision if it goes the full route and it’s close.

We’ll then hold our breaths and await the next development in the WBA heavyweight saga…

King vs Jungle Livefight reviews Amir Khan’s time so far on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity


By Michael J Jones

AFTER A QUIET year or so in his boxing career it was a mild surprise to see boxing star Amir Khan enter the Australian jungle in the latest edition of ITV’s ‘I’m a Celebrity….Get me out of here’. The annual series began last Sunday with Khan introduced to his fellow celebrities who, as per usual, were a mixture of actual celebrities and a few people nobody has ever heard of.

The 30 year old Khan, a former three-weight boxing champion, baffled viewers in the opening show when he revealed he had never watched the show and didn’t really know what it largely consisted of. The comments have since been heavily derided by the press after a tweet by Khan surfaced from a few years ago.

When questioned at that time about possibly entering the hugely-popular show, Khan (or possibly a representative or relative) tweeted the show was for “has-beens’. It’s very questionable whether it is possible for a 30 year old man who mixes regularly with other celebrities and fellow boxers can be completely ignorant of a massively successful show which has been shown on prime-time UK television for fifteen years.

Whatever, Khan’s first challenge as a contestant came in the form of a death-defying plank walk of a sky-scraper. Buddied up with ‘The Saturday’s’ vocalist Vanessa White, both performed the frightening task with merit apart from some wobbly foot-work from a man who usually requires stellar balance in his chosen profession.

At the end of Sunday’s show, “King” Khan was revealed by long-time hosts ‘Ant and Dec’ as the first celeb’ to be tasked with completing the first ‘Bushtucker trial’. It set up the opening of Monday night’s episode which started with Khan attempting his task alongside ‘Made in Chelsea’ star Georgia Toffolo.

While the petite “Toff” was placed in a shallow grave to have various bugs and creepy-crawlies dumped all over her, the boxing star had to work his way through narrow tunnels to find star keys which meant food meals for his camp members.

After a spluttering start, Khan, who holds career victories over boxing legends Marco Antonio Barrera and Marcus Maidana, looked to be getting a foot-hold in the task while scooping up the first few keys. The problem began when he was tasked with putting his arm in a blind hole to feel around for the next key while having no clue what was in the boxed area.

As poor Amir, prompted repeatedly by Ant and Dec and also the terrified Toffolo, reached into the hole he thought he’d found a key but it was actually a small snake….the error only being discovered with the leg-less reptile mere inches from the boxer’s face.

Khan, who had previously admitted a fear of snakes, gave it legs and immediately repeated the famous show words leaving his co-challenger, not to mention the show presenters and the British TV viewers, stunned.

To add salt to the, very public, gaff, a picture then emerged online of Khan standing next to an exotic dancer who was holding a large yellow snake with no apparent alarm evidenced on the Bolton star’s face.

The boxer’s representatives, and bizarrely even the lady dancer in the picture, rushed to Khan’s defence to say the fear of snakes was genuine as it appears the old Khan haters will leap at anything the former Olympian says or does in his time in the jungle.

The humiliated boxer had, at least, the chance to move on from his first ‘Bushtucker Trial’ when the amusingly-predictable viewers voted him straight in to try the second challenge labelled ‘Flushed Out.’

After clearly feeling disappointed with his first trial and getting much prep’ talk from his fellow campers, Khan eased to complete the challenge but couldn’t help getting yet more negative press.

The task involved moving through a tall tank of water, undoing man-lids with a small spanner while the tank fills with water. Khan was forced to act fast while dealing with a variety of jungle nasties including eels and crocodiles.

Critics instead focused on the fighter’s error after the task when he incorrectly commented to camp members that he had to deal with more snakes. Obviously getting confused with the eels he encountered, one can surely forgive the Bolton boxer his blip.

As the show moved on to Wednesday evening, Khan was finally spared a fourth successive challenge as Toffolo and footballer’s wife Rebekah Vardy were nominated for the grotesque ‘Worst Date’ eating challenge.

As the girls merrily chowed down on spiders and bulls penis, Khan took on a more light-hearted role in the episode. He was shown working out with other contestants such as former Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas and Coronation Street’s Jennie McAlpine. Khan, who looks a little over his best fighting weight at approximately 180lbs, completed some basic floor exercises and also did some light jogging.

Looking up Khan’s record online for the first time in a while, this writer was surprised that Khan hasn’t boxed for some eighteen months and hasn’t won a boxing match for two-and-a half years. Even more unbelievable, Khan hasn’t boxed in the UK for over four whole years.

His record stands at 31-4 (19) and he was last a title holder two years ago when a WBC Silver champion who for a long time had his sights on American legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Back to the show, and Khan alongside Lomas and football star Dennis Wise took the ‘camp-mates’ tag to a new meaning. The camp features a bath which only has a hot water feed if a seesaw is pumped by two people. So Lomas, who played Warren Fox on Hollyoaks, duly soaped himself in the tub while the topless pair of Khan and Wise played on the seesaw with child-like relish.

“This is the stuff of dreams” quipped the grinning Lomas (who incidentally is a fight fan and best pals with Carl Frampton trainer Jamie Moore).

Amir was given one of the dreaded ‘conversation topics’ later on the show with Stanley Johnson and Vanessa White. He commentated on his rise to fame at the 2004 Athens Olympics before (hilariously) asking Johnson about his involvement with Oxford and Cambridge (as all boxers are keen to know).

The convo’ points fill the gaps away from the trials, meals etc but they often come across as forced and unnatural and never more evident than last night with the herky-jerky exchange between professional boxer and former politician and journalist Johnson.

As it stands, Amir Khan is around 10/1 to be crowned the King of the jungle with the favourite overall Georgia Toffolo at 7/4. The odds can often be way off with the actuality of the show but Khan began his time on ‘IACGMOOH’ at a whopping 16/1 so perhaps his better performance in the second challenge alongside his blossoming ‘bromance’ with Lomas and co are keeping him in good stead.

For the record, Khan’s last fight was in May 2016 in Las Vegas where he leaped two weight divisions to take on Mexican Saul Alvarez for the WBC middleweight title. Khan was boxing well when knocked out in the sixth by a booming right-hand.

There has been much speculation regarding his ring return and at what weight he will continue his career in but, as yet, nothing has been confirmed. A bout against Sheffield’s former IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook has often been mooted though it’s always appeared Khan has no real interest in the fight.

Livefight is enjoying this series and will take another look at the progress of Amir Khan next week.

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