By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
AMIR KHAN wants revenge on big-hitting Breidis Prescott before making the step up to welterweight next year for a super-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jnr.
Khan, 24, added the IBF strap to his WBA belt last weekend with a fifth-round knockout of Zab Judah as he continues his meteoric rise up the pound-for-pound rankings.
After David Haye lost his WBA Heavyweight title to Wladimir Klitschko earlier in the month, Khan is now Britain’s biggest boxing star and is destined to take on pound-for-pound king Mayweather in 2012.
But first the Bolton fighter still has some unfinished business with the Colombian who shocked the world when he flattened Khan inside one round back in 2008.
This September, Prescott faces Northern Irishman Paul McCloskey in an eliminator for a shot at the WBA belt. McCloskey was the man who was stopped controversially by Khan in April when the pair clashed heads accidentally.
And Khan has not ruled out the possibility of facing the hard-hitting Colombian again should he overcome McCloskey – but he has plenty of other options on the table. The Bolton man said: “Prescott may be a fight in the future for me.
“A fighter always wants to avenge his defeats. He is another name on the list if he beats McCloskey.
“I will be taking one step at a time – there is no need for me to rush into a fight with Mayweather.
“There is a plan mapped out for me, I will fight again at light-welterweight in December, then move up to welterweight and then take on Mayweather.”
Khan certainly isn’t short on choice for his next opponent at light-welterweight with Timothy Bradley, Robert Guerrero, Erik Morales and a rematch with Marcos Maidana all viable options.
Bradley was this week stripped of his WBC belt but he still holds the WBO version, although he is currently in dispute with his promoters. But with ring legend Morales now fighting for the same WBC belt in September, a fight with the Mexican, 34, could be a big money-spinner in Las Vegas for Khan.
Guerrero squares off with Maidana next month and Khan could also face the winner of that bout.
The Brit ace added: “Erik Morales is a possibility as my next opponent and so is Bradley. Robert Guerrero is another name on my list. If he beats Maidana next month, as I expect him too, that will be a very good fight.
“Ambition is what drives me on – and my ambition is to be the best.”