Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) may need to fall back on his plan B option that he was talking about for his next fight in April or May. It appears to be almost academic that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is going to go in another direction for his May 3rd fight by facing WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana next. That’s got to hurt Khan, but it’s not like he actually deserved the fight with Mayweather.
If you’ve been sitting around doing nothing like Khan has for the past 10 months, it’s not like you would deserve to share the ring with a talent like Mayweather. As such, it’s time for Khan to start fighting guys with a pulse once again instead of the fodder he’s been in with in his last two fights.
It’s sad to say but the last good opponent that Khan fought was against Danny Garcia back in July of 2012. Heck, that’s ages ago. Khan might as well have been retired for the last two years, because you can’t count his wins over Carlos Molina and Julio Diaz as being meaningful victories.
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Amir Khan is on the brink of securing a money-spinning meeting with Floyd Mayweather Jr after finishing top of an online poll to decide the unbeaten American’s next opponent.
Mayweather gave fans the power to choose between Argentina Marcos Maidana and Khan, with the former Olympic silver medallist prevailing after claiming a 57% majority after winning over 20,000 votes.
The results is set to see an agreement reached between the two fighters, who both have close links with the Golden Boy stable, ahead of an expected meeting in May – the third bout on Mayweather’s six-fight Showtime television deal.
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Mayweather, who outboxed Mexican Saul Canelo Alvarez in his most recent bout in September, has a perfect 45-0 record and is expected to announce shortly who he will fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 3.
“I’m going to let the fans vote. Tell me who I should fight next. Khan or Maidana?” Mayweather posted on his personal Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Nicknamed “Money” for his flamboyant and often extravagant lifestyle, Mayweather is known for his creative stunts and his taking to social networks for advice on his next opponent comes as no surprise.
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There’s a melancholy feeling these days any time either Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr. announces a fight. Pacquiao-Mayweather will be set after Mayweather vs Khan boxing match.
On Saturday, Yahoo Sports broke the news that Pacquiao would meet Timothy Bradley Jr. in the main event of a pay-per-view show on April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
It should be a time of joy among boxing fans. Pacquiao is one of the sport’s biggest stars and most exciting fighters. Pacquiao and Bradley are both among the 10 best fighters in the world.
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Floyd Mayweather still doesn’t know who will be his next opponent. Without a challenger to prepare for, the boxer is taking a trip overseas.
On Wednesday, Mayweather begins his visit to South Africa. A spokesperson from the Ministry of Sport and Recreation says Mayweather will tour the country for six days in hopes of revitalizing boxing. He will make the rounds in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and East London, which is known as a hotbed for the sport in South Africa. Mayweather might also see the jail where Nelson Mandela was held. The former president, who recently passed away, was an amateur boxer.
“Remember, [Mayweather's] the greatest athlete in the world,” said ministry spokesman Paena Galane. “We wanted someone who’s knowledgeable as a fighter and as a promoter.”
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Hopes the two big rivals would finally meet were raised in boxing circles when it was alleged they would enter the ring together in September, possibly at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Texas which has a capacity of 110,000.
It has been estimated that the fight would be the most lucrative ever, netting $300m or £182m on this side of the Atlantic.
But unbeaten welterweight Mayweather, the undisputed best pound-for-pound boxer in the business and ESPN’s fighter of 2013, has shrugged off such suggestions.
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Newly crowned WBA World light middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) has set former WBA/WBC light middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for his next fight after beating former WBA champion Austin Trout (26-2, 14 KO’s) last Saturday night by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Trout didn’t throw enough punches, and this enabled Lara to box his way to a decision by the scores of 118-109, 117-110, 117-110. Trout wishes he could have the fight to do over again, because he would have done things much differently if given a second chance against the Cuban Lara.
Lara said after the fight “I did what Canelo couldn’t do. I dominated Trout and I dropped him. Now we have to make a fight that everyone wants to see which is me against Canelo.”
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Kell Brook claims Amir Khan looked “rubbish” in his last fight and says a clash between the Brit and Floyd Mayweather would be a waste of time in the welterweight division.
Brook is angry he has been forced to come through a series of tough bouts to close in on his own world title shot, while Khan appears set to be handed the world’s most lucrative champion on a plate.
According to Nick Parkinson of the Daily Star, Brook stated:
It annoys me when I hear Khan might be fighting Mayweather.
That is because he’s not ranked at welterweight, never boxed at welterweight and looked rubbish in his last fight.
Khan is not what people make him out to be – and people who know boxing will tell you that.
Brook has long maintained he is better than Khan, and has often promised to prove it if the pair ever step in the same ring, as reported by ESPN.
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Amir Khan could yet end up facing Floyd Mayweather in 2014 after it was confirmed that he would no longer be facing Devon Alexander on 7 December.
There has been much speculation in recent weeks that Khan was next a line to face current pound-for-pound king Mayweather, though both camps have denied that a fight has already been agreed.
Khan made it clear that it was his intention to face Alexander but it was confirmed late last week that the 26 year old would instead be sharing a ring with Shawn Porter at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio on 30 November.
This now raises the question of who Khan will next face, with it being highly unlikely that he will box again this year as there are few other notable opponents available in the coming months.
Khan has been training out in America with coach Virgil Hunter but Alexander’s trainer/manager Kevin Cunningham stated just last week that he didn’t feel as though the Briton wanted the fight.
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Known for his “wild talking” when promoting fights, Mundine made it clear at Wednesday’s media conference with 42-year-old Mosley that the lead up to their clash would be different.
Mundine denied the pair were “really good friends”, despite meeting in the US last year and Mosley having made several trips to Australia in the past.
Instead, he said the chummy atmosphere at the media conference was due to mutual respect, and would change once the fighters entered the ring.
I’ve told you guys a year ago or so I wanted to fight the best fighters out there and since my last fight I’ve spent 10 months always staying in shape.
The 38-year-old Mundine, with a professional record of 44 wins from 49 fights, said undefeated world champion Mayweather was a realistic opponent if he could get past Mosley.
“I don’t want to fight contenders. I want to fight the best, the very best, to prove that I’m up there.
“It took a while but I’ve got this fight to showcase the skills I have and everything that comes with it. And that can snowball to bigger ones but I’m not looking past this.
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