Amir Khan Calls Out Jeff Horn
Former world champion Amir Khan made it a point to prod Jeff Horn during the Australian’s WBO welterweight world title defense against Gary Corcoran on Wednesday.
Horn won the belt in a controversial unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao in July.
Even though Horn was the one to dethrone Pacquiao, the Filipino star was originally slated to fight Khan in April in UAE. Khan eventually withdrew after there were alleged funding issues with the financial backers for the event.
Khan, who owns wins over the likes of Zab Judah, Marcos Maidana and Paulie Malignaggi, has called for a fight with Pacquiao for several years. Khan was last seen being knocked out by Canelo Alvarez in May of 2016.
Sitting ringside for Horn’s first title defense, Khan didn’t walk away impressed with the champion.
“Watching the Horn v Corcoran fight live, Now I know why Manny Pacquiao picked Horn to fight and not me and he still lost,” Khan stated.
Khan was part of the “I’m a Celeb” reality show that was being filmed in Australia. Following elimination from the show, Khan made a decision remain in the country in order to sit ringside so he could scout Horn.
Horn was able to secure an eleventh round stoppage over Concoran, and now likely has to make a mandatory defense against Terence Crawford on an April date in Las Vegas.
Khan is in the midst of planning his comeback in the early part of 2018, and Horn is at the top of his list of potential targets.
“The welterweight division is definitely a good division for me. I’m more comfortable there, I’ve been champion in that division, so I want to definitely win a world title in this division again. [Horn] will definitely be on my radar. He’s a great champion and he might be a fight that I take in the future,” Khan said.