By Ryan Burton
After Amir Khan defeated Marcos Maidana this past December and Tim Bradley beat Devon Alexander in January, the two fighters appeared to be on a July collision course to establish junior welterweight supremacy. The fight ultimately didn't happen when Bradley elected to sit out the remainder of his promotional contract with Gary Shaw.
Khan said that he still wanted to face Bradley on his December 10th HBO date after Bradley signed a promotional deal with Top Rank. However, Bradley's new promotional company had other plansr and the Palm Springs, California resident will defend his WBO title versus Joel Casamayor on November 12th, as part of the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez undercard in Las Vegas.
Khan said that he did everything possible to secure the fight with Bradley and while appearing on The Boxing Lab, BoxingScene.com's official audio show, he broke down the offer that his team made to Bradley.
"I was desperate to fight Tim Bradley. We offered him 50-50 for the fight. Even with the UK money. I wanted to fight him when he was on top of his game and he had two belts. I wanted to be the undisputed champion," Khan told the Boxing Lab.
Khan went on to say that he is still planning on moving up to welterweight after he faces Lamont Peterson next month in Washington DC. He did however leave the door open for the possibility of postponing his welterweight move if a fight with Bradley still made sense.
"First I want to get this fight out of the way with Peterson. If it makes sense then I will stay at 140 for Bradley before moving up to 147. If the fight is a big fight, why not?" Said Khan.
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