By Ryan Maquiñana
At the post-fight press conference following Amir Khan’s impressive fifth-round knockout of Zab Judah, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer laid out the blueprint for his new unified WBA/IBF super lightweight champion’s future.
“The plan will be to have Amir fight at 140 [pounds] in December in the United States, then at 147 in the U.K. after that to make his debut with the fans there,” Schaefer said. “Then if it all goes well, the plan is to go for the big fight, maybe Floyd Mayweather.”
Of course, that opens the question of who exactly will step in the ring with “King” Khan for his farewell fight at the junior welterweight limit?
“It could be Morales. He’s going to be fighting on the Mayweather card here, so that can be a possibility,” Schaefer said. “It could be the winner of Maidana and Guerrero...you have Devon Alexander as well. You have even Lucas Matthysse who gave a hell of a fight [to Judah].”
Once upon a time, Timothy Bradley, the man with the other two 140-pound belts, was slated to fight Khan last night. But when they were unable to come to an accord, Zab Judah took the slot.
Reflecting on how the Khan-Bradley saga developed and dissolved, Schaefer was a bit miffed when asked if the two sides could renegotiate for December.
“Bradley doesn’t want to fight him,” Schaefer said. “Why would Amir Khan have to sit around and wait until Mr. Bradley is ready to fight? Bradley doesn’t even have a promoter. He’s in a lawsuit, and he has no TV date, so what the heck are we talking about? He had his chance. It could’ve been him tonight, but he didn’t take it.”
He then speculated on what Bradley will do next.
“What’s wrong with December?” he asked aloud. “He’s not available in December? Probably not. Probably because he’s going to be fighting on the [Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Manny] Pacquiao card and is promised the Pacquiao fight, that’s why. We don’t need to wait for that, that kind of bullsh*t, that kind of plays and games, and so on. We’re in the boxing business. We’re not in the gaming business.”
Ryan Maquiñana is the boxing correspondent at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. E-mail him at [email protected], contact him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rmaq28 or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.