By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
AMIR KHAN has Floyd Mayweather in his sights and a grudge to settle.
A clash with the American superstar is the prize WBA world light-welterweight champion Khan is fighting for against IBF king Zab Judah in Las Vegas in the early hours of tomorrow.
Khan’s promotion team have already pencilled in a potential fight with Mayweather.
More importantly, Mayweather, who is training down the road in Vegas, wants to get it on with Khan next year.
The superbout could take place at Wembley, providing Khan defeats Judah and Mayweather overcomes Victor Ortiz here on September 17.
Mayweather said: “Amir Khan came here and trained in the boxing gym with my uncle Roger a few times.
“He’s a good young fighter. We’re in the fight game so every fighter wants to fight Floyd Mayweather.
“But he must get past the obstacles put in front of him first. Then we’ll go from there. Yes, a fight between us is possible.”
There would be added spice in the ring due to the repeated drug slurs being thrown in Khan’s direction by members of the Mayweather camp.
Roger Mayweather claimed earlier this week that Khan was on steroids.
Khan is trained by Freddie Roach in the same gym as Manny Pacquiao, whose own proposed bout with Mayweather has still not materialised over drug-testing problems.
Khan said: “They can say whatever they want. I know I am clean and have taken and passed every single test they have put before me.
“I am not on drugs. I have lost count of the number of times I have been tested and I have never failed one of them.
“I have been tested out of training camp and while in training camp, even answering unexpected knocks at my door to comply. I have proved I am a clean fighter.”
On the possibility of a match-up, Khan added: “It’s on the cards and, yes, it will definitely be a grudge match.
“That fight is very possible. If we get through this fight, I really think it is a possibility because Mayweather has already been told that in the future he could be facing me.
“I think to have things mapped out in a plan is good because you know where you are going and what you have to achieve.
“That’s one of the reasons why I want to go into my fights and impress and do well, knowing that fights against Mayweather are mapped out.”
Khan has started his own mind games and said: “I am a chilled kind of guy and always cool but Mayweather always disrespects his opponents – maybe just to give him confidence.
“I think it will be a grudge fight but that will make it more interesting.”
First, though, Khan, who has lost just one of his 26 professional fights, must beat the rugged Judah, 33, in tonight’s unification clash.
Prediction: Judah will be a tricky opponent for Khan but I can see the Brit using his devastating punching speed to win in or around the third.
Khan v Judah will be shown live on Primetime pay-per-view, channel 480 on Sky, for £14.95 tomorrow from 2am.