Provided that both Amir Khan and Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather come through their next fights, which will be extremely difficult, than they seem set to face off in 2014.
This would be a fight in which Khan would come in as a huge underdog with many writing off his chances. Khan has so many critics who slate him before and after every fight. However, the fight would be closer than most people think.
Khan is former four-time world champion and became an Olympic silver medallist aged just 17. He has been a phenomenal boxer so far and is still only 26 years old.
He has years left at the top of the profession and can be a pound-for-pound contender if he can solidify his defensive work. He still has years to improve as a boxer.
His work under Virgil hunter has had an effect so far but needs more work. Khan sticks to the game plan for a while before giving in to his natural instincts and trying to stand in the middle and trade.
This is not beneficial for Amir as there are harder punchers out there than him. He has blistering hand-speed and needs to utilise this more by employing in-and-out boxing strategies. If Khan imposes such techniques than he can have times of success against Mayweather.
It would be intriguing to see Mayweather face someone that is on a similar speed level as he often has a clear advantage in this department. Mayweather is not a noted big puncher so Khan would not have to worry about getting hit with bombs.
It would be a tactical battle between two very classy looking boxers and one that would be brilliant to watch. I’m not saying that I think that Khan would win but I think that he would give a good account of himself as styles make fights and the styles of the fighters in question would gel well.
I see the win going to Mayweather on points due to his defensive genius and all-round boxing ability but I see it being relatively close.
So many people will say that Khan will be knocked out early on and that he doesn’t deserve to be in the same ring as Mayweather. I completely disagree with such sentiments and feel that they are ignorant views from people who don’t really follow the sport and watch the odd fight. Mayweather is an unbelievable fighter and yes Khan has looked shaky recently but by moving up to welterweight he will carry more power and build himself up a bit to take the shots more comfortably.
As I’ve said previously I see Mayweather winning the fight but Khan will by no means disgrace himself as so many have suggested.
It will be interesting to see how he copes with fighting Devon Alexander in December in his first fight at Welterweight as Alexander has a similar philosophy as Mayweather.
Alexander is not a big puncher but it technically very good and is quick so would be a good opponent to face to prepare for a match with Mayweather.
I sincerely hope that this fight does take place in 2014 as it will be a show-case of pure hand-speed on a level that has not been seen for a long time and will be an exciting fight to watch with Khan inevitably reverting back to instinct and looking to go on the offensive.
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