Haroon Khan makes US debut on Saturday's Atlantic City card

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 (May 18) at Boardwalk Halll, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

There will be plenty of Brits featuring on the card, as Colchester welterweight Lee Purdy challenges Devon Alexander for his IBF welterweight title, and London 2012 bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo also making an appearance.

The younger brother of former light welterweight world champion Amir Khan got off to a winning professional start against Brett Fidoe last month in Sheffield, winning a unanimous decision over four rounds. The 22-year-old will now showcase his talents at the Boardwalk Hall in a four round bantamweight clash against 25-year-old Medellin.

Hhighlights (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 12.30am, 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.”

Khan’s trainer Oliver Harrison 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.”


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