Loughton boxer Daniel Khan returns to the ring later this month after being side-lined through injury for a year.

The 23-year-old was closing in on a shot at the Southern Area title before a shoulder injury scuppered those plans.

Khan, though, is raring for his return and is out to prove that he is the top Asian talent in British boxing.

He said: “I was about the only Asian prospect a year or so ago, and now Shabaz Masoud and Hamza Sheeraz have been making headlines and getting on television.

“It’s good news and I’m pleased for them, but I feel I’m the number one and I’m coming back to prove that.

“I’m going to take the limelight back off them.”

Khan’s return comes in Mickey Helliet’s show at the iconic York Hall in Bethnal Green on November 29. He believes that in 12 months’ time, he will be well known.

He said: “If it wasn’t for my shoulder, I would be in title contention now.

“It’s been disappointing to have a year out of my career, but everything happens for a reason.

“I should be in the top four in the country this time next year.

“If I didn’t think I was good enough to get there, I wouldn’t bother boxing. Financially, it’s not worth it at the moment, but I’m in boxing to be a world champion and I have tunnel vision. I’m going to get there.”