Boxing supreme Amir Khan’s promoter Frank Warren has signed a multi-fight deal which could take him to a world title on Sky.
This will be the first time Khan’s fights will be shown behind encryption after 18 winning streaks free-to-air on ITV1.
Khan follows some of Britain’s best known fighters to Sky, and like Lennox Lewis, Prince Naseem Hamed, and Ricky Hatton before him, he could win a world title on Sky Box Office.
Vic Wakeling, Managing Director of Sky Sports, said: “All the big names in British boxing in recent years have won major world title fights on Sky, and we are delighted to welcome Amir Khan to the list. When he fights for a world title will be down to Amir and his advisors, but we shall be there.”
Khan said: “I’m really excited to be boxing on Sky and I can’t wait to put on my best performances for the viewers tuning in.
“Britain’s best boxers and some of the best fights in recent years have all featured on Sky and with the way I fight the viewers will definitely get excitement.
“Since winning silver at the 2004 Olympic Games and turning professional the time has flown by and I’m now so close to achieving my ambition of becoming a world champion – and I hope I can share that defining moment on Sky.”
Amir Khan joins Sky as part of a new deal with Frank Warren which will bring a number of live shows to Sky Sports for Friday Fight Night, as well as live shows for Sky Box Office, over the next year.
Warren said: “I’m delighted to have agreed a new promotional deal with Sky, bringing around 20 shows this year, and to return to where I previously spent ten great years creating superstars like Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton and Naseem Hamed.
“Sky viewers are now in for a real treat as they watch an exciting and dramatic phase of Amir Khan’s career unfold in front of them as he goes from unbeaten prospect and Commonwealth Lightweight champion to a World champion.
“Along with big world title fights, I’m thrilled that some of the best young and talented boxers in Britain that I promote also feature prominently and will develop into stars of the future – all on Sky.”
His first appearance on Sky Box Office will be on Saturday 6th September, when he fights the undefeated lightweight Breidis Prescott at the MEN Arena in Manchester.