Amir Khan is gearing up for what could possibly be the biggest fight of 2016 next weekend.
The Bolton-born fighter is taking on Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez on May 7 at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for the Lineal, Ring, and WBC Middleweight World Championship titles.
However, despite having the biggest fight of his career just days away, Khan isn't just talking about the big matchup. Instead, the 29-year-old seems fascinated by a much more interesting topic - a move to Mixed Martial Arts.
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Khan the Fighter
The Englishman was speaking in a recent interview ahead of his match with Canelo where he revealed that he would potentially be interested in switching codes and trying his hand at fighting inside the octagon instead of a ring.
"My speed would be perfect for MMA, it's hit and move. I wouldn't let anyone get close to me," Khan said from his training base in San Francisco Bay, via a report from the BBC.
It seems that Khan backs himself to be good at MMA, adding that he's a big fan of Conor McGregor.
"I’ve always been a UFC fan and I like McGregor and the way he promotes it," he went on to add "If I was to fight the champion around 147lb I would fancy my chances. You never know what will happen in the future – I would never say ‘no’ to getting into MMA. I could do it under my own banner and what a way to do it."
Khan seemed confident that his superior boxing skills would be the big difference between himself and anyone else who tried to step to him inside the octagon.
Citing McGregor's win against Jose Aldo in 14 seconds at UFC 192 last year, Khan said that if he can use his expert standup game to his advantage then it would be lights out.
“Just look at when McGregor beat José Aldo. The guy leant forward, over extended and fell short, McGregor stepped back and threw the straight right. It was a proper boxing move."
"I would not let anyone get close to me, I would take a step back and keep it long. I also believe that us boxers punch harder than MMA fighters anyway."
Will Amir Khan ever actually move to MMA? It's unlikely. But if he were to lose on Saturday to Canelo then maybe he might consider it a bit more.
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