Schaefer: Khan Could Be Two Fights From Mayweather

By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star

AMIR KHAN has been told he could be just two fights away from facing Floyd ­Mayweather Jr.

The Bolton boxer shares the same promoter – Golden Boy – as American superstar ­Mayweather and a dream showdown for Khan is on the cards.

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer says that despite Khan’s controversial points loss to  Lamont Peterson in December, the Brit is still a potential opponent for Mayweather next year.

Khan, 25, bids to win back the WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles against ­Peterson in Las Vegas on May 19.

And Schaefer says victory will edge Khan closer to a mega-money clash with ­Mayweather, who faces Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto for the WBA light-­middleweight title in one of 2012’s biggest bouts in Vegas on Saturday.

Khan will have to move up to ­welterweight for a shot at ‘Money’ Mayweather, who is still no nearer to agreeing terms with ­Filipino Manny Pacquiao on a ­showdown to decide the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer.

Schaefer is confident Khan will be make a comfortable transition to a third weight division – if he gets revenge over ­Peterson.

He said: “Assuming all goes well and he wins against Peterson, he then moves up to welterweight.

“But I am not so sure if the first fight will be against Floyd, because at that weight it may not be the smartest thing to do.

“In a perfect world, I’d like Amir to have one fight at that weight before fighting ­Mayweather – but if that fight presents itself we would ­discuss it.

“Amir is better than what we saw in most of the last fight with Peterson. His skill level is superior to any fighter with the exception of Mayweather.

“He is one of the most talented and skilled fighters but he needs to apply those skills.

Unbeaten Mayweather, 35, starts a 90-day prison sentence after the fight on June 1 for a domestic ­violence charge.

To ensure he goes to prison in a good mood, the five-weight world champion has been doing yoga.

He said: “I’ve been thinking about doing yoga for about five years. I finally decided it was time to try it. I’m looking and feeling stronger.

“This fight won’t go the distance. He’s coming in for the kill and I’m going in there for the kill. This is boxing, this is the hurt business.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by zab191 on 04-30-2012

A Mere Con will lose to Peterson and will beg for another re-match. Wait for the excuses to poop out "...oh the judges were against me and the fight was fixed...." "Peterson is on steroids and used illegal hand wraps...…

Comment by Sangre Azteca on 04-30-2012

List of Mayweather's future opponents: 1. Canelo * 2. Khan 3. Pauli 4. Ortiz vs Berto winner 5. Guerrero * He would only fight Canelo if Canelo looks bad against Mosley, but Canelo somehow knocks Mosley out Floys won't fight…

Comment by kozone on 04-29-2012

khan couldn't even hold mayweathers jock strap!!

Comment by ADP02 on 04-29-2012

[QUOTE=komodo;12057190]Khan needs to stay focused on handling his business with Lamont. [B]Btw two fights is way too early for a fight with Floyd [/B]:nonono:[/QUOTE] What do you mean its too early to fight Floyd after 2 fights? If Khan has…

Comment by mathed on 04-29-2012

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;12056716]AMIR KHAN has been told he could be just two fights away from facing Floyd *Mayweather Jr. The Bolton boxer shares the same promoter – Golden Boy – as American superstar *Mayweather and a dream showdown for Khan is on…

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