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Khan, Schaefer Break Down 12/10 Opponent Options

Amir Khan has ruled out the possibility of a rematch with Marcos Maidana, instead favouring Erik Morales as his final opponent at light-welterweight.

Argentinian puncher Maidana has attempted to goad Khan into accepting a repeat of their thriller last December by claiming the 24-year-old "begged the WBA in writing" to avoid him.

The first encounter was a classic with Khan prevailing on points after surviving a ferocious battering in the 10th round.

But the WBA and IBF champion, who has December 10 pencilled in for his next appearance, sees no value in facing Maidana for a second time.

"Maidana's been saying I'm avoiding him and don't want to fight him, but he was my mandatory a year ago and I beat him fair and square," he told Press Association Sport.

"Now he wants a rematch but I've got bigger fish to fry. There are other names I want and I want them quickly because they might not be there again.

"If I was to fight Maidana again I'd beat him again, only more convincingly this time.

"It would be easier because I know exactly what he does and I wouldn't make any of the mistakes I did in the first fight.

"It could happen in the future but there are other names I want first."

Morales meets Lucas Matthysse for the vacant WBC title on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather's showdown with Victor Ortiz on September 17.

There has been a suggestion Timothy Bradley, who was recently stripped of the WBC belt due to his inactivity, will be given first shot at the winner.

But Khan, who has set his sights on a superfight against Floyd Mayweather later next year, insists a clash between himself and Morales would be far more lucrative.

"I'll fight anyone, but I really want to fight the winner of Morales and Matthysse. That would be another title in the bank," he said.

"If Bradley fights Morales next that would be frustrating because I've been calling Bradley out, but he doesn't want to fight me.

"It depends on Morales, he can make more money fighting me than Bradley and it would be a bigger fight as well."

Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer insists all the indications are that Khan will be granted his wish to meet Morales.

"It's very likely Amir will face the winner, particularly if it is Morales," he said.

"The question facing Amir is that he has two mandatories waiting, one of them is Lamont Peterson and the other is the winner of Maidana against Robert Guerrero later this month."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Kilrain on 08-16-2011

Jesus, the Morales fight is frickin pointless. The only fighters Morales can look good against now are limited come-forward bangers. He can't cope with speedsters and Morales-Khan is a mismatch of the first order. Khan needs to stop picking soft-touches…

Comment by projectpaki on 08-16-2011

Some of you guys are so effing annoying. I dont care if you dont like Khan, but at least give the guy his damn props. If Khan never fought Maidana and refused to fight him then you'd have a legit…

Comment by SlimTim on 08-15-2011

Khan says he beat Maidana fairly but he's lucky Joe Cortez kept stopping the action when he was badly hurt late in the fight. If he is so sure he would defeat Maidana convincingly then he should prove it and…

Comment by reetcunt on 08-15-2011

[QUOTE=Southpawology;10993453]what happend to all the "morales is shot to sh*t", "past prime blown up featherweight" talk?? oh ...morales got handed a belt so that makes its ok. khan fans :haha:[/QUOTE] I'm not saying it would be a fight between the…

Comment by Southpawology on 08-15-2011

[QUOTE=ts33;10993180]Lol at people bashing Khan for wanting to fight Morales He says it's a possibility [B][I]IF Morales beats Matthyse[/I][/B][/QUOTE] before the lucas/morales fight was even made khan seemed very interested in fighting morales. morales begging oscar to make fight with…

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