Amir Khan has responded to Tyson Fury’s bizarre comments about a potential meet-up between the two fighters.
Heavyweight Fury, who at 117kg weighs a whole 54 kilograms more than Khan, who last fought at welterweight, said in jest that he would like to fight the former Olympic silver-medallist in an interim fight before he faces Deontay Wilder in their highly-anticipated rematch later on this year.
In an interview with iFL TV, the Manchester-born fighter said: “Yeah, I’m going to have another fight in between and then I’m going to deal with Deontay the bronze silly c**t. Excuse my French.’
“Amir Khan. Yeah I think I’m fighting Amir Khan. He’s moving up to heavyweight.’
However, when asked about the quotes yesterday, Khan was quick to pour cold water on any potential bout between two of Britain’s most successful boxers.
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“He (Fury) wants to fight Amir Khan? I find that quite strange really. I don’t want to be in the ring with Tyson Fury. He’s huge compared to me.”
“Maybe he’s trying to say I’m looking big, I’m looking strong. I don’t know why he would mention my name. Maybe he knows I’ve got a big fight coming up.”
“I don’t know. I need to ask him!”
When informed that Fury has apparently lost 100 lbs in the last year, Khan replied, “Maybe he’s losing another 100 as well, maybe he does want to fight me!”
It seems that this is all in good spirit, as the two appear to have had a good relationship downs the years. In the run-up to his fight against Terence Crawford, who he will face in 20th April at Madison Square Garden, Khan has said that Fury has been an inspiration to him following the well-documented mental health struggles of ‘The Gypsy King’.
“We both went through a very tough time in our lives and how I came back, boxing kept me strong and focused, and the same with him. Fury gives me inspiration and boxing is a positive sport, I feel confident to help boxing because of how many people it’s helped, myself and Fury and other fighters that have gone on to win numerous titles.”