2nd July 2011
Amir Khan’s dream fight against No1 one pound for pound boxer Floyd Mayweather Jnr is a possibility and could take place next year according to source and Khan himself.
The fight depends if both stay undefeated until then, but if so the fight would be a massive draw around the world, with Khan already now a major player and considered to many the next superstar of the fight game. Wembley Stadium is being touted as a possible venue for any such meeting, with demand expected to be Hugh.
Mayweather has stated in the past that he wants to fight in Britain and since his fight against Ricky Hatton in December 2007, the American has built up his UK fan base and was welcomed with open arms and tons of fans on a recent trip to these shores and Wembley arena, the home of the England football team would be a fitting stage.
Khan the WBA and now IBF light-welterweight champion after recently beating Zab Judah, is now in the elite bracket of boxing match-ups and although many would argue he is not ready to face someone of Mayweather’s class, by next year and after two or three more fights, that will be about the right time, if it is to happen at all.
The Bolton fighter’s next opponent is unclear, Lamont Peterson is the mandatory challenger for his IBF belt, while he has also been pitched to face the winner of September’s fight between Jorge Barrios and Erik Morales. There is also the un-resolved potential match-up with WBC and WBO champion Timothy Bradley still a possibility, although Khan maybe looking at only one more fight at the light-welterweight limit.
So whoever he fights next at light-welterweight could be his last fight in the division, before moving up to welterweight, where he says there are a wealth of world class fighters to test himself against.
But Khan admits that his ultimate goal is to go in against the undefeated, multi title, five-division world champion superstar Mayweather (pic right) and believes he can eventually earn the right and then tempt the American to fight him, at a sold out Wembley arena in the summer of 2012.
“I think every young fighter wants to fight the best out there and in this era Floyd is the best along with Manny Pacquiao,” Khan told Sky Sports News HD.
“I can’t fight Manny because we train together and we’re good friends but Floyd is a possibility, Floyd is a fight that – in the next 12 months – could happen.
“And to bring that fight to the UK – Floyd has said that he would want to fight in Wembley Stadium – what a huge fight that would be.
“I’m sure with someone like Floyd and myself, it would be a sell-out.
“I think there’s only one more fight (for me) in this division, because it is so hard for me to get fights at 140 pounds.
“So we’ll take this one fight, then we’ll move to 147lbs where there are more challengers.
“We are going in the right direction, I’ve got (trainer) Freddie (Roach) and my team who are advising me, I just want to keep active and stay busy.” added Khan.
Meanwhile back at the gym!
Amir Khan has offered boxing coach Joe Gallagher use of his Lancashire gym to train his stable of champions, after Gallagher was asked to leave his old gym at Kerry Kayes’ Denton based Betta Bodies. read more here.
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