Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) is back in California training with coach Virgil Hunter hoping 2016 will be a fruitful year after a disappointing 2015 in which he had only one fight, a points win over Chris Algieri in May.
Khan will tick over with Hunter and shake off some rust, while he awaits to announce his next fight, but it could be a while that he actually steps in the ring again yet!
— Tony Brady (@Tony_Brady) January 7, 2016
The Bolton man saw potential super-fights with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fall through leaving him frustrated and lacking ring action, as he sat back and waited for the call that never came.
It is now likely Khan, 29, will sign to take on fellow Brit Kell Brook, (35-0, 24 KOs) for his IBF welterweight title on June 4th at Wembley Stadium. That will be 13 months he would have been inactive for and it wouldn’t be ideal going into a big world title fight.
It would be a risk for Khan taking a warm up fight in-between, if the multi million pound clash with Brook is a defo, but it could be something he needs.
It is now unlikely Khan would refuse the Brook fight with a potential £5million plus being offered and the options for him other than Brook are not as lucrative. He could look to face American Lamont Peterson, (34-3-1, 17 KOs) who previously defeated him in controversial circumstances in 2011 and then failed a drugs test. The vacant WBC welterweight title is up for grabs and it is a route maybe available with both the former foes facing off for it.
HEARN SAYS KHAN HAS AVOIDED BROOK, BUT HOPES HE WILL NOW SIGN TO FIGHT IN JUNE
In the press this week, Matchroom Sport Godfather Barry Hearn suggested that Khan only had himself to blame for his ring in activity by chasing unrealistic fights in America and avoiding Brook.
Matchroom who promote Brook say they have only spoken briefly with Khan about the Brook fight, because he was waiting on a fight with Pacquio for this year, a fight Hearn insists was never going to happen.
“I know Pacquiao well and Bob Arum is a friend of mine,”
“I asked Arum ‘what percentage of a chance does Khan have of fighting Pacquiao?’ Arum said ‘less than one per cent’. He had no chance.
“I’m very disappointed because Khan has been almost impossible. He doesn’t seem to want to fight anybody. [Being in America] is an excuse.
“I can make excuses too – I want to fight Deontay Wilder myself, right now. Am I going to get that fight? Extremely unlikely.
“What I’m saying is that you have to be realistic and live in the real world. He spent 18 months chasing Floyd Mayweather without one per cent chance of ever fighting Floyd Mayweather. Then he spent six months chasing Manny Pacquiao.”
Hearn is hopeful that Khan will seriously consider a big money all British world title clash against Brook but he has lingering doubts about whether the former light-welterweight world champion genuinely wants to share the ring with the unbeaten Sheffield champion.
“I’m getting more optimistic because, one-by-one, all of Khan’s alternatives are disappearing,” Hearn continued.
“At the moment for Khan to fight someone in the States, unless it’s Bradley or a top fighter, he’s only going to get a million or a million-and-a-half dollars. For him to fight Brook he’ll make three or four times more so it comes down to risk and reward.
“He doesn’t want to fight Brook. He was gambling that he’d get a bigger payday but he’ll get a lot of money for fighting Brook – but he may get beaten, and I think he probably will.
“Eddie is trying to talk to his people all the time, and he says he wants to fight. Do I believe him? Not really, no.”