Khan Talks Dream Future Opponents
After signing with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing, Amir Khan is planned to return this year, and he’s scheduled to return in April against an opponent still to be announced.
Hearn mentioned that the plan for Khan right now is a fight at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, on April 21, which would be Khan’s first bout since a loss to Canelo Alvarez in May 2016. This would be followed by a bout in September or October in anticipation for a superfight in the winter.
Hearn mentioned names like Manny Pacquiao, Kell Brook, Keith Thurman and Errol Spence Jr. as potential future opponents. In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Khan mentioned these four, as well as Terence Crawford, as future potential opponents he would love to face, and he was asked to analyze them.
“Kell has moved up to 154. I don’t know what the reasons are for that, because I thought he was making the weight quite easily. Obviously, he got beat by Spence and the guys at 154 are going to hit a little bit harder. But he’s always been a little bit bigger than most guys at welterweight, so maybe he was just killing himself, making the weight. Let’s see how he does in the 154 division. I know he’s got a fight coming up with [Sergey] Rabchenko. But look this is a fight maybe in the future that can happen.”
“Keith Thurman has that one style that he waits a lot. A good boxer can always beat him and outbox him, because he’s always looking for them big shots. If you don’t let him settle down and throw those big shots then you can always box him and pick him off all the time.”
Errol Spence Jr.:
“I remember Errol being in the [London 2012] Olympics. He’s strong, hits hard with both hands. You saw it when he fought Kell Brook, he was just putting a beating on him. He matured in that fight. Took some good shots from Kell, but just kept mentally strong and knew that his time was going to come. Then broke down Kell and finished him off.”
“I think he’s a brilliant fighter. He’s got a great boxing style. He’s more of a boxer, but he can fight as well. Has power in both hands, but he’s moved up in weight to 147[lbs], so I don’t know if he’s going to carry the same power with him. I know he was very strong at 135, then he went to 140, but now at 147 is he really going to carry that weight? Not many fighters can do that.”
“I still think he’s got a few fights left in him. A huge name in boxing, being one of the biggest names in the welterweight division still, even though he was beaten by Mayweather, then Jeff Horn. I think he won that fight, but he didn’t get it. In his last two years, he’s had two defeats, but look he’s still up there as one of the top fighters in the welterweight division. To fight someone like him and to be in the same ring as someone like him would be amazing. He’s a legend in the sport already, but he still wants to keep on fighting.”