By Mark Vester
WBA junior welterweight champion Amir Khan is planning out the next couple of years for his boxing journey. Khan is set to return on April 16 at the MEN Arena in Manchester. Lamont Peterson and unbeaten British champion Paul McCloskey are two of the possible opponents being mentioned by Khan. After April, Khan wants to fight again in July with the winner of January's 140-pound unification between Tim Bradley and Devon Alexander. The final fight on Khan's list will take place at the end of the year or early next year, with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Khan wants to beat Mayweather, capture a welterweight title and then make a few defenses. After he makes a few big defenses at 147-pounds, Khan wants to end his career by moving up to 154-pounds to win a third division title. If he wins a third crown at 154, he will retire afterwards. Khan says the entire career layout will take about four years to complete.
"First comes the fight in April, then the unification of the light welterweight division in the summer and then, hopefully, a move up to welterweight with the fight against Mayweather taking place next year. I want to be ready for him and that means another 12-15 months of development," Khan told Daily Mail.
"After I’ve beaten Mayweather and defended my welterweight crown a few times, there would be just one final goal to achieve — to become world light-middleweight champion. I reckon it will take four years to achieve this and become the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. Then I’ll quit, after just one fight at that weight."