Amir Khan has fired a warning to Floyd Mayweather, Marcos Maidana and everyone else that campaigns at welterweight, telling Boxing Tonight on BT Sport that he expects to be stronger and a more rounded fighter at 147lbs.
Khan missed out on the biggest payday of his career and a blockbuster clash with Floyd Mayweathe on May 3rd in Las Vegas, with the pound-for-pound king deciding that Marcos Maidana deserved to test himself against the best rather than the former light-welterweight champ.
Despite that disappointment Khan has a plethora of options to consider for his welterweight debut, including Luis Collazo, Robert Guerrero or a rematch with Danny Garcia if he is prepared to step up in weight too.
The 27-year-old is back in the United Kingdom as he trains while searching for his next opponent, but took the opportunity of an appearance on Boxing Tonight to make it clear that future foes at 147lbs should expect a fighter at the peak of his powers, with the burden of making 140lbs finally off his shoulders.
Khan said: "I've already moved up to 147lbs. Weight making can affect a fighter, I was killing myself to make weight [at 140lbs], going back to the Zab Judah fight when I was first having problems.
"I think now being at 147lbs its only going to make me stronger, more healthier and happier when I go into a fight. The speed's gonna be there, the power, and the hunger as well. I won't be tired or weak, so I'm excited.
"The future holds a lot of things for me."
An announcement on Khan's first opponent of 2014 is expected in the next few weeks, as the Bolton-born Olympic Silver Medallist gears up for his first outing since a wild points win over Julio Diaz last April.
Khan and trainer Virgil Hunter's full interview will be broadcast on BT Sport tomorrow night at 8pm.