By Lem Satterfield
The next time Robert Guerrero enters the ring, the southpaw WBO and WBC interim lightweight belt-holder would like nothing more than for it to be against his promotional stable mate with Goden Boy Promotions, Amir Khan, who is the WBA's junior welterweight champion.
If he could have it his way, the 28-year-old Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 knockouts) would pursue his 14th straight victory and his 10th knockout during that run as well as his sixth career title title belt over his fourth weight class against the 24-year-old Khan (25-1, 17KOs), a winner of seven consecutive fights, including three knockouts.
"I think that it would be a great fight with me and Amir, and I think that we sholuld go head up," said Guerrero, who earned his fourth and fifth career title belts over his third weight class with April's unanimous decision over Australia's hard-punching Michael Katsidis (27-4, 22 KOs).
"We're two of the best young fighters out there, and it's the type of fight that the fans want to see," said Guerrero. "The fans want to see the best fighting the best, and me and Amir, you know, we are two of the best fighters in the world. So I think that it would be a great fight."
Guerrero has become encouraged that recent developments may have paved the way for Khan-Guerrero to become a reality.
Negotiations for a potential July 23 clash featuring Khan and WBO and WBC junior welterweight champ Tim Bradley (27-0, 11 KOs) have fallen apart, this after Bradley turned down a package of $1.4 million, with a 50-50 split on the UK pay-per-view revenue.
Khan has since named Guerrero as a possibile opponent, although 33-year-old southpaw IBF junior welterweight champ Zab Judah (41-6, 28KOs) is also a consideration.
"All that I have heard is just what Amir Khan has been mentioning, which is that he would rather fight me than Zab Judah. But as of right now, everything is up in the air. But I do have an HBO date for Aug. 6," said Guerrero.
"But, you know, I haven't really talked to anybody from Golden Boy about it or specifically mentioned Amir Khan," said Guerrero. "But it has been online and all over the internet that everybody seems to be saying, 'Hey, you know Amir Khan says that he really wants to fight you.' That's as far as it's gone. But I think that it would be a huge
Khan received Fight of The Year honors from the Boxing Writers Association of America for December's unanimous decision victory over then-interim WBA junior welterweight belt-holder Marcos Rene Maidana (30-2, 27 KOs).
Khan is coming off of April's unanimous, six-round technical decision win over Paul McCloskey (22-1, 12 KOs), and last suffered defeat during a September, 2008, first-round knockout against Breidis Prescott (24-2, 19 KOs) in Khan's third from last bout as a lightweight.
Already a two-time IBF featherweight and one-time IBF super featherweight champion, Guerrero has not lost since falling short in a December, 2005 split-decision to Gamaliel Diaz, whom Guerrero stopped in the sixth round of their June, 2006 rematch.
Although Guerrero is the mandatory challenger to 37-year-old WBO and WBA king, Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1, 38 KOs), who rose from a third-round knockdown to stop Katsidis in the ninth round of their November bout, Marquez has since signed to fight a third match up with eight division titlist and WBO welterweight king Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) in November.
"Me and Amir Khan getting it on, you know, that would be a huge fight, not only for Amir Khan and myself, but also for the fans. That's what the fans want to see. They want to see two of the best fighters going at it. So, you know, me and Amir Khan are two of the best fighters," said Guerrero.
"On Aug. 6, I have a date on hold with HBO. But I would love to fight with Amir Khan. You know how I am. I want to fight the best, and I want to beat the best," said Guerrero. "So Amir Khan is one of the best fighters in the world, and I think that he and I would make a great fight for the fans. There would be a lot of fireworks between me and Amir Khan."