(Atlantic City, May 15) – Haroon Khan (1-0) will be starting his American adventure sooner rather than later as he takes on Vicente Medellin (0-5) on the undercard of the Lamont Peterson vs. Lucas Matthysse clash this weekend in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The younger brother of former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir Khan got off to a winning professional start in his debut fight against Brett Fidoe last month in Sheffield, England where he won a unanimous decision over four rounds.
The 22-year-old will now be showcasing his talents on Saturday, May 18 at Boardwalk Hall in a four round bantamweight clash against 25-year-old Medellin.
Time permitting, Khan vs. Medellin will be featured on SHOWTIME EXTREME® in the United States. In the United Kingdom, highlights of the bout or, time permitting, the bout in its entirety, will be shown as part of Sky Sports 1 HD’s coverage of the event on Sunday May 19 from 12.30 a.m. BST.
A 2010 Commonwealth Games Bronze Medalist, Khan is ready for a tough encounter when he takes on the sturdy American and is looking to put on a dazzling performance in his second professional fight.
“I’m really pleased to be fighting on such a big card in the United States so early in my career,” said Khan. “Gaining this type of experience is really going to help me in my career and I’m thrilled to be given the chance to take part in this bill. It was great to get the win under my belt in my pro-debut fight last month and I’ll be looking to continue by winning in style against Vincente Medellin. He’s a tough, durable opponent, so I will need to be on my ‘A-game’ if I want to get the victory.”
Oliver Harrison, Khan’s trainer, said, “I’m pleased with how Haroon is progressing. He’s a talented fighter and has been putting in the hard work that is required of anyone who wants to make a big splash in the professional game. Each day he’s improving and getting better and this type of experience is only going to help him on as a fighter. We’re ready to go and can’t wait for fight night.”
Asif Vali of Khan Promotions, said, “It’s fantastic that we’ve managed to get Haroon on this card. We want Haroon to stay busy and to be fighting regularly on these types of shows. Making his debut on Amir’s bill in Sheffield last April and now to be fighting in the United States the month after on a world championship bill helps build a solid foundation to help him grow into the top level fighter we know he will become.”
British welterweight ace Lee Purdy will challenge Devon Alexander for Alexander’s IBF Welterweight World Title on the card, with London 2012 Bronze Medalist Anthony Ogogo also featured on the card.
ABOUT PETERSON VS. MATTHYSSE:
Peterson vs. Matthysse, a 12-round 141 pound catch-weight fight, will take place Saturday, May 18 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, sponsored by Caesars Atlantic City, Corona and AT&T and will be televised live on SHOWTIME® at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) immediately following ALL ACCESS: MAYWEATHER vs. GUERRERO Epilogue. In the co-main event, IBF Welterweight World Champion Devon Alexander defends his title against IBF number four rated welterweight contender Lee Purdy. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® is available in Spanish on secondary audio programming (SAP). Preliminary fights will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
In the United Kingdom the event will be televised live on Sky Sports 1 HD on Sunday 19 May at 12.30 a.m. BST.
Tickets priced at $250, $125, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes and service charges, are available for purchase at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.