|Khan contemplates next opponent. pic by Sean Keating|
|Khan takes part in a charity football match, he is a big bolton Wanderers fan. pic by Sean Keating|
Who does he fight next? Khan has said this week, that he wants to fight the best in his division starting on the 31st July in England, and has asked Golden Boy, his promotion company to get him either WBA light -welterweight interim champion Marcos Maidana or WBO lightweight interim champion Michael Katsidis next.
“There are a few names,” the 23-year-old told The Bolton News. “There’s Katsidis, who knocked out Kevin Mitchell and there’s Casamayor and he knocked out Katsidis.
“It’s about getting the timing right. I’ll fight anyone to be honest but a lot of guys in my category are busy. Those are the two names we’re looking at, but I’ll leave it up to my team.”
But Katsidis’ trainer, Brendon Smith, says Khan will want to avoid the 29-year-old, who lost to Casamayor in March 2008.
“I really don’t see it happening,” said Smith. “This is a very risky fight for Amir and one they would not take at this stage.
“There was an opportunity for the two to fight in Amir’s US debut, but it was turned down by Freddie Roach (Khan’s trainer) and instead Paulie Malignaggi was chosen.
“I’ve spoken to Richard Scheafer (CEO of Golden Boy, Khan’s promoters) who likes the idea and would like to do a fight with Katsidis and Khan.
“There is no better fight in England than Amir Khan versus Michael Katsidis.
“But can the fight be made? I don’t think so.”
Whether it is Katsidis or Casamayor, Khan is desperate to fight again in the UK before Ramadan in August.
He said: “I want to fight the last weekend of July. It’ll be in the UK and we’re looking at the North West or London.
“I want to give my fans the chance to see me fight here.”
|Marcos Maidana has back trouble!|
Maidana though looks like he will not make the July date though now, due to a constant back injury that as seen a fight with him and WBO light-welterweight champion Timothy Bradley fall through for the same month.
But the name still on every ones tongues when speaking about Khan, is his nemeses and former conqueror Breidis Prescott, who knocked Khan out inside a round, nearly two years ago.
|It will be a crime if Khan doesn’t get to fight Prescott again. pic by Sean Keating|
Golden Boy had suggested that Prescott could have been a possibility in being considered for a rematch with Khan, but having lost a fight and then getting beaten by Mitchell, his stock had dropped a little. – But in the eyes of the boxing fan’s, and the pages of the record books, and cold reality, he is the man who beat Amir Khan, and beat him very convincingly!