5 potential opponents for Amir Khan after latest win
Amir Khan took just 39 seconds to knock out Phil Lo Greco to keep alive his hopes of a return to the top of the welterweight division.
The non-title fight in April was made at 150lbs, which allowed Khan to ease back under the 147lbs limit after a near two-year hiatus following his knockout loss to Saul Alvarez.
Once a domestic super fight, Khan vs Kell Brook is surely top of most British fight fans’ wish list after Khan’s devastating performance at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
It remains to be seen whether Brook can even make 147lbs again, and with Khan making the welterweight limit with ease, he surely wouldn’t want to afford his rival an advantage.
That means alternative options are needed.
Khan is recognisable name to the US audience, so he will remain in the pool of fighters available for big dates on US TV.
Here are a few of his options for his next outing…
1. Kell Brook
The domestic rivalry that has unfathomably never happened.
The pair are worse off for this fight not happening and with the Special One moving up to 154 – perhaps the fight is gone?
Khan will want Brook to drain himself back down to 147, for the right money, and against a less risky option than Jarrett Hurd or Jermell Charlo, surely it makes sense?
2. Manny Pacquiao or Lucas Matthysse
The Pacman is back in the ring on July 15 against Argentinian Matthysse for the WBA regular world title.
It is surely the path of least resistance for Khan, even if it is not the genuine world title with Keith Thurman the Super champion.
But with One Time enduring injury problems, the winner of Pacquiao vs Matthysse could be upgraded.
Khan has always fancied the Pacquiao fight and despite both having faded, it would still be massive.
La Maquina, though a brutal puncher, would represent a risk – even if Khan’s speed in his prime would in theory allow him to deal with this version of Matthysse.
3. Danny Garcia
Like Brook, this is a fight that does not need a belt – the rematch from the four-round shoot-out would be a must-watch for all fight fans.
Would Khan learn his lessons and resist trading so recklessly? He’d sure like the opportunity but will have to wait his turn after Garcia was ordered to face Shaun Porter for the WBC welterweight title vacated by Keith Thurman.
But should Garcia come through, he could take on Khan six years after he stopped the Brit.
4. Lamont Peterson
Perhaps the start of Khan’s downward trajectory, it was a highly disputed decision and a loss that many would consider to be an unfair blemish on his resume.
Bizarre refereeing was Khan’s first gripe, having been deducted two points for pushing in the fight.
Secondly, Khan’s team accused a mystery figure (later found to be Mustafa Ameen, an IBF affiliate) at ringside of tampering with the judges’ scorecards before celebrating the Peterson victory.
The rematch failed to materialise after Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone.
5. Adrien Broner or Jessie Vargas
A money fight between two fighters who cannot afford to lose? Well, it would certainly be intriguing with many of their critics relishing the contest.
Broner was held to a draw by Vargas in April as his career, which once looked destined for stardom, took another stutter.
But he is still a big draw and his pre-fight trash talking will ensure good pay-per-view numbers.
Vargas would also prove a good test of Khan’s credentials.
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