By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
AMIR KHAN will hit the jackpot in Las Vegas with a whopping £ 9million [13.1 million USD] payday.
The Bolton fighter takes on WBC middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in a money-spinning clash.
Khan, 29, will be rewarded for the big risk of moving up two weight divisions with the huge purse on Saturday night.
It is the highest financial prize for a British boxer since heavyweight star David Haye pocketed £10 m [14.6 USD] for his failed attempt to beat Wladimir Klitschko in 2011.
Khan is guaranteed the huge amount with Mexican star Alvarez’s promoters Golden Boy offering up some of the healthy sum.
His stunning pay packet also includes the UK TV money from BoxNation, who beat Sky to land exclusive rights to one of the biggest fights of 2016, as well funds from other promotional activities for the fight.
And Khan, who is in his first world title fight since losing to Danny Garcia in 2012, could end up earning even more on the back of this clash thanks to his own sponsorship deals.
Khan was last week ranked 10th in the Sunday Times Rich List for young sportsmen with an estimated fortune of £18m [26.3 USD].
But victory here in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena would crack open the vault to even more money.
He would be one of the hottest properties in boxing and could face IBF, IBO and WBA king Gennady Golovkin in a middleweight unification fight if he chose to stay at the weight.
Britain currently has 11 world champions. And although Khan has not been part of the exclusive club since 2012, he offered a warning to his countrymen - including IBF heavyweight title holder Anthony Joshua.
Joshua’s meteoric rise already means he will want for little financially. But with the wealth comes distractions, something that Khan knows all about from his younger days.
He said: “He (Joshua) just has to remember that it was boxing that got him this far. It’s something that I did forget about a little bit.
“When I got beaten I had to remind myself that it was boxing that got me there and it was time to focus on that again.
“It’s the same with Joshua - it’s crucial he does not forget it’s boxing that has got him this far in life. He needs to keep focused on his training and make sure he gets the right advice.
“I like him, he’s young and hungry. But it’s about making sure you keep that hunger. A lot of fighters can achieve it all but within a year it’s gone and they are forgotten. It can happen.”
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