Khan Traveling To Scout Horn
Amir Khan has joined a list of opponents for Jeff Horn, if he walks out of Brisbane with his WBO welterweight championship.
The 29-year-old former schoolteacher will earn upwards of $1 million for the bout, but there is a bigger opportunity on the horizon for Horn if he wins.
If he beats Corcoran, Horn will meet mandatory challenger Terence Crawford, this April in Las Vegas.
The winner of that is likely to face Manny Pacquiao, who Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says is apparently keen to return to the ring after dismissing a rematch against Horn at Suncorp Stadium, citing his senatorial obligations.
Khan was a cast member of a UK reality show, I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! at nearby Springbrook National Park, and decided to delay his departure from Australia when learning Horn would be in action.
“Horn is a fighter now who is making some noises around the world of boxing,” Khan told reporters.
“Maybe it’s a future fight that can happen – I don’t mind coming to Australia taking that fight.”
Khan was negotiating a fight with Pacquiao earlier this year, but the purse bid never materialized, which gave Horn’s management with the opportunity to strike.
“I didn’t know who Jeff was at the time. I was like, who is this guy?” he said
“That’s why I’m here, I want to see what he’s like in person, how he fights. On television it’s a little difficult.”
“Instead of chasing Manny Pacquiao, which I’ve been doing for a long, long time, I know someone with a little bit more balls like Jeff Horn will take the fight, probably.”
Khan was asked by Corcoran’s trainers to spar with him in preparation for this fight, his first outside the UK.
The 31-year-old had to decline, citing his recovery from hand surgery. Khan also is rooting for Horn to pull out a victory on December 13th.
“I know Corcoran’s from the UK and I should be backing him. But Horn is the stronger fighter in my opinion and a lot more experienced,” he said.