After his knockout loss to Canelo Alvarez on May 7 in Las Vegas, it remains unclear what is the next step for former WBA Light Welterweight and IBF light-welterweight champion Amir Khan (31-4-0). However, a series of contradicting tweets and interviews have made boxing fans unsure of what to expect from the former champion.
The Bolton born boxer took to twitter to express his eagerness to fight 3 times in 2017. This would be contrary to 2015 and 2016 when Khan only fought once a year.
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) August 22, 2016
Amir, 30, is yet to recover from a hand ligament surgery and therefore he will be out of action until 2017. Khan claims to have had this vitiated ligament for ten years, and has stated that his punching power was extremely limited during that time period.
As the WBC #1 mandatory challenger for Danny Garcia’s belt, the obvious option for the welterweight speedster is a shot at redemption against Danny Garcia, who has beaten Amir Khan once already. This is a fight that has been discussed since Danny Garcia triumphed against Khan in July 2012, but with Danny Garcia’s father hesitant to authorize the rematch, boxing fans may see Garcia vacate his belt.
Undoubtedly, a showdown with domestic rival and polished pugilist Kell Brook, could be a mega showdown and one of British Boxing’s most prized moments, if it took place. However, with Khan seemingly hesitant to fight in recent times due to Brook’s resume, and disagreements about purses, the fight may not happen. British boxing fans have been left disgruntled.
Conversely, there is a glimmer of hope that the domestic mega fight may take place in the near future. Amir Khan, who has stated that he was unwilling to fight Brook due to his resume, has since told The Dubai Press that the showdown may take place. “I still don’t like him, in fact I hate him, but the UK public want to see the fight and it’s a fight I want to give them” said Khan when asked about a potential fight with Brook in the future.
In a more bizarre string of interviews, Amir has also stated that he is interested in a showdown with UFC fighter Conor Mcgregor. This statement was ridiculed by boxing fans initially but supsequent to Mcgregor’s victory against Diaz, Amir reiterated his interest in a UFC showdown. And after congratulating McGregor on Twitter this weekend, ended his message, “See you soon. Call me, we need to talk.”
Amazing fight @TheNotoriousMMA Showed true heart/balls and guts. Well done, have a good rest. See you soon. Call me, we need to talk 😉
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) August 21, 2016
However, all statements made by Amir Khan and his team should be taken with a pinch of salt. Prior to the shocking Canelo Alvarez announcement, The former Olympic medallist was expected to avenge his loss at the hands of Danny Garcia. Therefore, there may be negotiations for any one of these megafights that boxing fans are unaware of.