Amir Khan will square up with the undefeated WBA and IBF world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin if he defies all odds and beats Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas on Saturday.
The 29-year-old Bolton-born fighter will come up against Alvarez, in hope of taking the Mexican's WBA middleweight title - whose only defeat came against the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr - and will go ahead with the mandatory bout with Golovkin, should he come away victorious.
It had been a concern that the Kazakh would be too big for the, naturally, welterweight fighter, but Khan's coach Virgil Hunter confirms the Brit will square up with Gennady, if he can get the job done this weekend.
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“If he [Khan] wins we’ll fight Golovkin,” Hunter told Boxing News Online.
But Hunter is refusing to get carried away with potential future bouts, knowing full well that Khan is being tipped to suffer his fourth defeat as a professional, with Alvarez (46-1-1-KO32) tipped to win his title defence.
“You just have to deal with this one [Canelo]. I never even gave it a thought [staying at middleweight]." Hunter added.
"I would be doing him a disservice if I let my mind wander because I might do it Saturday night. I really need to be watching this, my mind is on what he’s got to do Saturday night,”
Hunter insists Khan has nothing to lose, and that a defeat to the Mexican will not affect the rest of his career - having taken great strides since his defeat to Danny Garcia in July 2012.
“No one can dispute Amir is going up to middleweight because he’s been looking for a big fight,” said Hunter.
"There are some guys who’ve been fighting so long that it’s hard to get up for a fight.
"That’s him [Khan] saying I wonder how good I really am and you see all great athletes to that."
If Khan is to win in Vegas, he is expected to do so by taking the middleweight champion the distance, rather than by knockout. And the Lancashire fighter has insisted, in the build-up to the fight, that his added weight will add power to his shots, but won't slow him down.
Should Alvarez win, as expected, he will, instead, face Golovkin, who is looking to unify the middleweight division.