Amir Khan has been calling out fighters ranging from Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather to UFC’s Conor McGregor, but decides to take the year off in preparation for a busy 2017 schedule.
When Amir Khan decided to move up two weight divisions to fight Canelo Alvarez boxing fans thought he was completely out of his mind, merely fighting for money without taking safety precautions seriously.
He was reported to have earned around $13 million in a fight where he ended up knocked out senseless. Part of the agreement of him moving up was that he’d remain the main challenger at welterweight for Danny Garcia’s WBC belt.
According to a report by Sky Sports, Amir Khan said, “Want to be back in the ring around January. Big fights next year. Who do you think? I’ll be ready. #147lbs January, May, December. #3fights #2017.”
One of the most compelling match ups that could be made in his return would be a rematch against Danny Garcia.
Amir Khan gave Danny Garcia serious trouble with his speed when they first fought in 2012. Khan was a heavy favorite under the tutelage of Freddie Roach until he got countered hard in the third off a missed punch.
He came back bravely albeit on rubbery legs, and got finished off in the fourth. He’s been scrambling for a rematch since.
Danny Garcia had problems disposing an old Erik Morales in their first meeting who openly taunted him, but was able to follow through it with tremendous victories over Khan and Lucas Matthysse.
Garcia had a tough win against a relative unknown Mauricio Herrera and barely survived Lamont Peterson’s challenge.
If a rematch happens, many believe Amir Khan could still win it, as he initially showed in their first fight, as long as he implements a more balanced, or, defense-oriented game plan and sticks to it to the end.
However, Robert Guerrero, who lost to the undefeated Garcia is also calling for a rematch according to a report by WBN.
“I feel like I won the fight. He had some flashy shots but he didn’t want to fight. It is what it is and it motivates me to get back to that position.” Robert Guerrero said.
Amir Khan remains a possible opponent against Manny Pacquiao, or even Floyd Mayweather who’s hinted on a possible return if the money is right.
Outside boxing, he seems serious in challenging Conor McGregor under MMA rules, which many view as a dangerous and ridiculous decision.
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