by Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
Amir Khan is ready to move up a weight divison and go straight into a world title fight.
Khan is planning to climb into the ring with IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander in America in December.
It’s a superfight that will represent a real gamble for the 26-year-old Bolton fighter, who is fed-up with trying to make the weight in his 140lbs light-welterweight division.
The former unified light-welterweight world champion is now ready to move up to the 147lbs weight category which will open up several big-fight opportunities.
Alexander is odds-on to win his next fight against Brit Lee Purdy next month – and Khan will be waiting in the wings.
Khan said: “I am going to talk to my trainer Virgil Hunter to see what he thinks about that idea, but I think it will be a perfect fight for me because he has just moved up to 147.
“Plus, I will be more healthy at the weight and happier at making the weight. It’s getting tougher making the weight as I get older and fill out.
“It’s about making weight right. When you start killing yourself to make the weight, it does make you vulnerable.
“It makes you weaker and it is getting to that stage now in the 140 division. Maybe if I go up to 147 it will make me healthier at the weight and more resilient.
“I know that financially it will be better for Alexander to fight me. We know that because that’s what we bring to the table.”
Khan has spoken to Richard Schaefer, head of his American Golden Boy promotional team, about the fight.
He said: “We are going to see what the options are but I know that I will be in a world title fight by the end of the year.”
Another factor is that Khan has no guarantees of any of the top light-welterweights wanting to fight him.
Danny Garcia is due to face the winner of next month’s clash between Lamont Peterson and Lucas Matthysse, with the victor set to meet Khan.
But Khan said: “I could be waiting for the winner who could then decide not to fight me. So where would that leave me?
“I’m done then. That’s what Golden Boy said to me.
“They told me that I would have waited all year for this fight and no-one wants to fight me. I would be stuck.”