Khan Interested in Fighting Spence, Crawford
Amir Khan, who is gearing up for a Sept. 8 welterweight bout against Samuel Vargas, feels he still has the capability to be a world champion.
This will be Khan’s first bout at 147 since May 2015, when he defeated Chris Algieri. Khan then took a bout against Canelo Alvarez at middleweight a year later, which resulted in him getting knocked out.
After nearly two years away from the sport, Khan returned in a catchweight bout with Phil Lo Greco back in April, winning by knockout in less than a minute.
“There’s big some big fights out there,” Khan said. “It’s been a few years now where we had the world title fights. But since then we’ve gone on to win international titles and stuff, but to me, the world titles are the ones I’m chasing now. So I wanted to get back in the groove again. [I] took two years out because I had a hand injury, it’s been four years almost since I fought at 147, so it’s just about making sure that we’re making the right choices now.
I’m much more smarter, much more educated in the sport of boxing. And the experience as well, I’m more experienced now, which is helping.
And Khan has his eyes set on a bout with one of the plenty talented champions in the division, from legend and WBA “Regular” Champion Manny Pacquiao to WBA “Super” Champion Keith Thurman, and to the winner of the Sept. 8 WBC title fight between Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter.
“There are some good fighters in the division and I think people like Keith Thurman, who’s not fought for two years, but obviously when he comes back, that’s the fight I’d love to have,” Khan added. “I’ve been talking about that fight. “There’s also the rematch with [Danny] Garcia. There’s the [Shawn] Porter fight. I mean, the welterweight division is packed full of big names.
But if there are two particular names he has thoughts about as opponents, it’d be IBF Champion Errol Spence Jr. and WBO Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford.
Errol Spence is another fight I’d love to have, because I think styles make fights. He’s a very strong fighter. He’s very technical, very strong. So yes, I think that’s another strong fight for me. [Terence] Crawford, again, that’s another big fight. Now, these guys are moving – people like Crawford – are moving up from, I think it’s light-welterweight, so obviously we’ve got size on our side, the size advantage, which is a big help and a big advantage in a fight.
So these are fights that possibly can happen. That’s why I’ve said to [promoter] Eddie [Hearn] I want to fight more in the UK, get these last few fights out of the way in the UK and then slowly move to the US and take the big fights over there.
Original Story: Boxing Scene