Khan targets Mayweather fight
MANILA, Philippines – British boxer Amir “King” Khan is once again setting his sights on a fight against unbeaten American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr., even as he continues to get his career back on track after a pair of losses.
Khan lost back-to-back matches against Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia in December 2011 and July 2012, but has since won two straight fights, against Carlos Molina in December 2012 and Julio Diaz in April 2014.
The 26-year-old Khan is hoping that he will be the next fighter to take on Mayweather, after the American routed Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last Saturday in Las Vegas.
“Meeting Floyd Mayweather would be my dream fight. We are the superstars of boxing, and once I have got Devon Alexander out of the way, it will be Mayweather for me, fingers crossed,” Khan said in a Boxing Scene report.
Khan is reportedly set to take on Alexander in December for the IBF welterweight championship.
The former light-welterweight world champion is confident of beating Alexander and is already listing his advantages against Mayweather.
“You have to use your speed. He (Mayweather) needs to find someone as quick as him, and I know that I am quicker than him,” Khan said. “He is an amazing tactician, but I know my speed will count against him. That is something I believe in 100%.”
“I want to fight him because he is a great fighter, and I want to fight the best there is out there. Beating him would make me the best fighter on the planet,” he added.
But in a separate Boxing Scene interview, Alexander made it clear that he has every intention of standing in the way of a potential Khan-Mayweather clash.
“We know they want Amir Khan instead of me fighting Floyd, but it’s not going to happen,” Alexander said. “I’m just going to keep being myself.”
“I know that he brings that UK money, but he’s not going to beat me. I’ve beaten some top notch guys, and I’m going to keep on winning,” he added.