British boxer Amir Khan plans on making a return to the ring next year after successful surgery on a broken hand which, he claims, has only allowed him to punch with “30 or 40 percent power” for over a decade.
Khan, 29, has taken time away from the sport since a devastating knockout loss to Saul Alvarez in May, a fight which Khan moved up two weight classes to compete in.
However, he now has his sights on moving back down to welterweight and is eyeing up a potential 2017 clash with either WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia, or fellow brit Kell Brook.
Khan believes that a win over either might be enough to tempt Floyd Mayweather out of retirement or to land a showdown with Manny Pacquiao.
“Hopefully, it will be Garcia or Brook… If the [Brook] deal is right I will do it… I know what the fight can generate," Khan said, as per ESPN.
"I have agreed to take that fight before but financially I have to get what I need to get paid. It’s the biggest fight left for both of us.
"The winner of me and Brook would go on to fight Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr. I think Mayweather will come back for one more. I think he would want to fight again.”
The former world light-welterweight champion has previously faced Garcia, in 2012, losing via TKO to the American in the fourth round.
Khan is not aiming to make a return until next summer, in order to give his hand time to recover from surgery but has targeted five more fights before retiring from the sport.
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