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Who's next for Amir Khan?

"King" Khan's options have been blown wide open (©GettyImages)
"King" Khan's options have been blown wide open (©GettyImages).

Any hopes Amir Khan had of facing undefeated Floyd Mayweather Junior were put to bed today, with the American stating he wished to fight Marcos Maidana instead, according to the Metro.

With the Olympic silver medalist saying he was going to fight in May no matter what Mayweather's decision was, he now needs to find an opponent.

So who are Khan's potential foes that will challenge the former light-welterweight world champion? Here are a look at some possible matches:

Kell Brook

This fight would get the British public licking their lips, it would undoubtedly be a big pay day for both fighters, and Brook has already called Khan out to fight him to "give the public what they want"

This bout would likely go down in history books, going alongside Carl Froch vs George Groves II as the British fight of the year. Promoter Eddie Hearn has already secured the Froch/Groves rematch, and will be looking to make it a Sheffield vs Bolton affair with Brook taking on Khan.

Lamont Peterson - The rematch

"King" Khan lost to Lamont Peterson in December 2011, losing his IBF and WBA light-welterweight titles in the process. The British star controversially lost the bout when the judges scored the contest 2-1 in Peterson's favour, when a man named Mustafa Ameen was seen interfering with the judges scorecards.

After an investigation, the IBF confirmed the man had no affiliation with them, so ordered Peterson to have a rematch. However the rematch was cancelled when Peterson failed a drugs test. Peterson has fought again since, holding the IBF light-welterweight title. Khan will still be smarting from the defeat on his record and it is one he will want to set straight.

Shawn Porter

Khan withdrew from facing Devon Alexander in December in order to try and get the fight with Mayweather, so in stepped Porter who was victorious, stripping Alexander of his IBF-welterweight belt. He seems the most dangerous challenge for Khan who would have to move up a weight to 147 lbs, as "Showtime's" record reads an impressive 23 wins, 1 draw and 0 defeats, with 14 knockout victories. 

Adrien Broner

This boxer's only defeat came at the hands of Mayweather's next opponent, Marcos Maidana. He has only held a WBA-welterweight title for six months, but at the age of just 24, has a chance to challenge at the top again.

With rumours circulating that Broner wants go down a weight to fight at 140 lbs, Amir Khan's camp must decide whether he wants to stay at light-welterweight, or seek pastures new at 147 lbs before considering this American.

Who would you like to see Amir Khan face? Let us know in the comment box below.

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