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Amir Khan’s Plan: To Win In April, To Beat The Bradley-Alexander Winner, Then Super-Fight With Mayweather And 154-Pound Glory!

By James Slater: Amir Khan really does believe he can become the sport’s best, pound-for-pound; and in an interview with Mail online, the reigning WBA 140-pound champ has laid out his plan of intention for achieving his lofty goal.

First, Khan says, he must win his “homecoming” show in the UK on April 16th (opponent still to be announced; with everyone from Paul McCloskey to Breidis Prescott being considered), then he aims to face the winner of the upcoming Timothy Bradley-Devon Alexander unification clash and then, in the biggest phase of his goal, Khan wants a mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather Junior. And if that wasn’t enough, Khan says after he beats “Money” he will look to win a belt at 154-pounds!

This is some set of goals the peaking 24-year-old has set for himself, but due to the way he defeated the ultra-dangerous Marcos Maidana and established himself as perhaps the best light-welterweight in the world as well as a major talent befitting the hype he has been given, Khan is being listened to. A couple of years ago, when he was recovering from that 54-second KO at the hands of Prescott, any of Khan’s big talk would have been laughed at; but today?

Certainly some good judges can see Khan becoming the unified 140-pound champ. But Khan wants more than that; way more.

“First comes the fight in April, then the unification of the light-welterweight division in the summer and then, hopefully, a move up to welterweight with the fight against Mayweather taking place next year,” Khan said. “I want to be ready for him and that means another 12-15 months of development.

“After I’ve beaten Mayweather and defended my welterweight crown a few times, there would be just one final goal to achieve - to become world light-middleweight champion.”

Khan feels he will be able to achieve all this in around four years and then, having become the P-4-P king, he will retire at age 28. Khan added that his plans do not in any way involve current pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao - “I couldn’t punch Manny, he’s been too good a friend, teacher and mentor to me,” Khan said.

But is Khan attempting to bite off way more than he can chew even without a fight against Pac-Man? Has the win over Maidana gone to Khan’s head? Concentrating on becoming the best at 140 is fine, but for Khan to be so obsessed with a fight with the legally-troubled Mayweather is something else entirely. For one thing, what makes Khan think Mayweather will still be fighting, against anyone, in “12 to 15 months?”

And even if the soon-to-be 34-year-old is still boxing at age 35, will he look Khan’s way? It’s great for a fighter to have ambition, of course - but is Khan being too ambitious?

Article posted on 16.01.2011



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