Amir Khan is now seemingly out of the “Floyd Mayweather sweepstakes” despite his impressive victory over former welterweight belt holder Devon Alexander, which means he now has to be focusing on who comes next in his assent up the 147 pound division.
That answer may come on April 11, in a non-title bout of all things. Golden Boy Promotions recently announced a highly anticipated bout between WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine Super Lightweight World Champion Danny Garcia and IBF title holder Lamont Peterson in a non-title catchweight fight.
The winner of that contest provides the best possible opportunity for Khan to grab the attention of 10x world champion Floyd Mayweather, plus giving him the chance to avenge one of his three career loses.
Rematch needed to grab Mayweather's attention?
If we see Garcia vs. Khan 2 the stakes will be very high. Garcia fought on the undercard of Mayweather vs. Canelo and the undefeated American was hotly tipped to take on Mayweather himself before Marcos Maidana was announced as his most recent opponent. Many feel the Bolton fighter's defeat to Garcia was also the reason Madiana was chosen.
For the American market Garcia also provides a much bigger fight for Khan than British rival Kell Brook, who’s resume is still lacking a big performance against a huge name. This potential match up could also eliminate any doubts about Khan’s “weak chin” if he comes through unscathed.
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Peterson vs Khan 2?
If we see Lamont Peterson vs. Khan 2 we will see the full transformation of Khan under new trainer Virgil Hunter. Controversy or not, in their first fight Khan got drawn into a dog fight and even without the points deductions this contest was much closer than Khan would have liked going to the scorecards.
This fight would provide Khan the perfect opportunity to fully prove he is worthy of the Mayweather fight, and if he wins convincingly his stock would grow massively.
Garcia & Peterson ready for 147
In a recent interview Danny Garcia stated the April 11 fight is to be at a 143 pound catch-weight and hinted at possible problems making the 140 pound weight, the unified champion stated: “I don't want to put a lot of strain on my body getting down to 140.”
Rumours of Garcia’s move to welterweight have been rife since he defeated Lucas Matthysse and it now seems this will be his last bout before making the jump up in weight to 147 pounds where Khan currently resides.
Opponent Peterson has also made suggestions in the past that he could square off in the welterweight division in the near future, which gives Khan multiple options for redemption in 2015.