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Amir Khan is poised to return to the ring for a long-awaited grudge match with domestic rival Kell Brook later this year.
Khan, one of the most famous British boxers of the last decade and a former unified champion at super-lightweight, has not competed since his win over rank underdog Billy Dib in July 2019.
The Bolton fighter is reportedly on the verge of agreeing to face Brook in December following successful talks with promoter Eddie Hearn, who is still keen to stage a showdown between the two ageing welterweights.
Both men are likely to bring the curtain down on their respective careers after the bout, which for Khan would mark the end of a rollercoaster journey in the sport.
Ahead of his clash with Brook, we've taken a look at five of his maddest boxing moments – from brutal knockout defeats to a Twitter beef with Anthony Joshua.
Khan was slowly becoming a household name on British shores after winning his first 18 professional contests and capturing the Commonwealth lightweight title in the process. But his early success came crashing down when he met Colombian Breidis Prescott in September 2008.
Promoter Frank Warren decided to match the then-22-year-old with Prescott, an unknown quantity in European boxing, and was left to regret it very quickly.
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After just 21 seconds, Khan's legs turned to jelly when he took a big left hook, before a swift right-left combination sent him tumbling to the canvas.
He was all over the place when he returned to his feet, and when another vicious Prescott attack left him in a heap in the corner, referee Terry O'Connor waved the bout off after just 55 seconds to signal the first defeat of his career.
The Prescott nightmare preceded the best run of Khan's career, which saw him claim eight straight victories over the likes of Zab Judah, Marcos Maidana and Marco Antonio Barrera while becoming a unified super-lightweight champion.
Nevertheless, his next loss eventually came against America's Lamont Peterson in December 2011 – and in highly controversial fashion.
Despite seemingly doing enough to win the bout, Khan was beaten via split decision after harshly being docked two points for illegal pushing by strict referee Joe Cooper.
Khan appealed the decision, pointing to the referee's questionable performance and the bizarre presence of a 'mystery man' at ringside who could have interfered with the scoring on the night.
The WBA agreed and ordered a rematch, only for it to be cancelled when Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone.
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One defeat Khan could have no complaints about was the brutal knockout he suffered at the hands of pound-for-pound chief Canelo Alvarez in May 2016.
In what was quite simply a disastrous piece of matchmaking on his part, the Brit jumped up two weight divisions to meet Alvarez at 160lbs, an extremely bold move given his concerning punch resistance at 147lbs.
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Up against one of the biggest punchers in the sport, Khan, who got off to a decent start in Las Vegas, was unsurprisingly wiped out by an explosive right hand from the WBC middleweight champion during the sixth round.
It was one of the most devastating knockouts in recent memory, and the sight of Khan sprawled out on the canvas was sad to see.
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Joshua Twitter meltdown
Not all of Khan's craziest boxing moments came in the ring, nonetheless.
In August 2017, the Olympic silver medallist sparked a frenzy on social media when he accused world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua of having an affair with his wife Faryal Makhdoom Khan.
After announcing he had split with Faryal on Twitter, Khan then posted a screenshot of alleged snapchat messages between her and Joshua with the caption: "Faryal moved on quick. Always mentioned to me how much she wanted to be with another guy, from all people another boxer @anthonyfjoshua".
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Joshua hit back by making light of the situation, posting a video of the song ‘It Wasn’t Me’ by Shaggy before adding: “Bantz aside, I hope you guys can resolve your situation or this is a hack as we have never even met! Plus I like my women BBW #ItWasntMe.”
Crawford low blow
What now looks likely to be Khan's last ever world-title attempt ended in bizarre fashion against WBO welterweight king Terence Crawford back in April 2019.
The former super-lightweight champion was up against one of the best fighters on the planet at Madison Square Garden and got off to a disastrous start, with Crawford flooring him inside the first round.
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He managed to weather the storm for another five rounds before the most bemusing of stoppages came in the sixth, when his American opponent landed a sickening low blow to his left groin.
Despite legally being allowed to take five minutes to recover, Khan chose not to continue and the referee waved off the contest to everyone's confusion. After the defeat, he insisted it was not his decision to pull out of the fight, a claim that was quickly rubbished by Crawford.
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- Amir Khan
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