By Declan Taylor, courtesy of The Daily Star
AMIR KHAN has opened the door to a stunning showdown with CONOR McGREGOR after revealing his future may lie in Mixed Martial Arts.
The Bolton star takes on Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for the WBC middleweight title in Las Vegas on Saturday as he bids to become one of boxing’s biggest names again.
But former unified lightwelterweight king Khan says he could ditch the big gloves for small ones and the ring for an octagon once he has cleaned up in his current sport.
He said: “I already have a stake in a company called Super Fight League, which is an MMA company in India and we have a lot of shows in Dubai too.
“We’re now moving over into America and putting on shows there. Bellator and UFC are the two main MMA companies, we’re probably third after those.
“You never know what will happen in the future – I’d never say no to getting into MMA.
“My speed would be perfect, it’s hit and move. And I can kick hard.
“I’ve already done MMA training. It’s good for preparing to fight a guy like Canelo who likes to put the pressure on.”
UFC’s biggest star McGregor sent shockwaves through the MMA world when he revealed he was walking away from the sport earlier this month.
But his retirement lasted just two days and, although he will still not feature at UFC 200 on July 9, he will make his return later this year.
McGregor,, 27, still holds the 145lb featherweight title, which could be the division for Khan.
The 2004 Olympic silver medalist, 29, added: “I’ve always been a UFC fan and I like McGregor.
“But if I was to fight the champion around 147lbs I would fancy my chances. McGregor or whoever.
“I was at the last SFL show in Dubai, watching the guys in my weight closely. Even though I have no experience of MMA, I could have stepped in and done the business.”