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Khan Talks Welterweight Run, Beating Garcia, Peterson

Amir Khan is already contemplating more lucrative bouts than his WBC light-welterweight clash with Danny Garcia on July 14 - although the Briton insists he is not taking the unbeaten American's challenge lightly.

Khan has made little secret of his desire to move up to the talent-rich welterweight division.

The 25-year-old is desperate to test himself against the very best, with both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fighting at or around the 147lb mark.

"My plan is to move up to 147 and face one of the big names up there," Khan told Sky Sports News. "You've got Victor Ortiz, you've got Manny and Mayweather.

"There are super names there so I'll be in that mix and we'll sit down with (trainer) Freddie Roach and see what route we're going to take with the big names."

Khan, however, was quick to rule out a fight with Pacquiao, who is also trained by the highly-regarded Roach.

"I'll never fight Manny Pacquiao," Khan added. "We get on quite well, me and Manny are good friends.

"I don't think Freddie would be happy if we fought each other in the ring."

First, Khan will look to get back to winning ways against Garcia, who impressively beat Mexican Erik Morales in his first world title shot in March.

The 24-year-old American is unbeaten in 23 fights, including 14 knockouts, and looms as one of the toughest challenges in Khan's career, with their showdown having been confirmed yesterday.

"Danny Garcia's a young fighter," said Khan. "He's only had 23 fights. He's unbeaten, he's strong, he's got power and he has speed.

"I think it's a bit early for him to be fighting me but him being a world champion, I think it'll be a good fight as he's never tasted defeat before.

"He's not coming into the fight just to make up the numbers, he's coming to win the fight."

Khan was looking to regain the titles he lost on a controversial points decision defeat to Lamont Peterson in Washington last December in a re-match fight that was scheduled to take place last Saturday.

However, the bout for the WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles was cancelled earlier this month after Peterson failed a drugs test, with the validity of their first bout remaining under question.

A hearing next month will decide on whether to strip Peterson of the two belts and hand Khan a unification title shot against the impressive Garcia at an as-yet-unnamed venue.

"I'd love the IBF and the WBA to give those titles back or to put them up when I next fight," added Khan.

"I think Lamont Peterson should face a ban. I think taking drugs in sport is wrong and it's not fair."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Roy Jones Jnr on 05-25-2012

[QUOTE=jbpanama;12168938]Khan probably Breathed a sigh of relief, [B]he really wanted no part of Peterson 2[/B]....[/QUOTE] :D This thread has some of the most retarded posts i've seen on here, and i've seen many. The man practically got on his knees…

Comment by Chunk.. on 05-25-2012

[QUOTE=Teejro;12167260]Khan is over rated just like Hatton... all English fighters are over rated, they just produce PPV money over seas, so these promoters push them as elite fighters... Khan hasnt beaten nobody worthy to mention, except Maidana... but Khan ran…

Comment by jbpanama on 05-25-2012

[QUOTE=Boxopera;12168004]Khan wanted to get his belts back in a rematch. Peterson failed a drug test. Synthetic testosterone . Garcia just beat Morales. Morales vs. Maidanna was competitive. Garcia is decent competition in a month's time after Peterson was exposed.[/QUOTE] Khan…

Comment by WitherGlove on 05-25-2012

I'm not a big Khan fan but the dude does fight about anybody except Prescott and he deserves the belts back even tho I like Pete He messed up big time...

Comment by Boxopera on 05-25-2012

Khan wanted to get his belts back in a rematch. Peterson failed a drug test. Synthetic testosterone . Garcia just beat Morales. Morales vs. Maidanna was competitive. Garcia is decent competition in a month's time after Peterson was exposed.

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