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Khan eyes Garcia, Cotto or Pacquiao in December

Amir Khan Next Fight

Just days after suffering a brutal knockout loss to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs), Amir “King” Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) has indicated that he still has the desire to fight at the top level.

Less than 48 hours after his defeat, Khan revealed the names of three opponents he would like to fight next.

“I’ve got the Garcia fight there, I’m still in the mandatory position with the WBC, that’s a big fight for me,” Khan told Sky Sports.

There are big fights for me in America, even Miguel Cotto – bringing him to the UK – or Manny Pacquiao, I’d like to fight in the UK next, hopefully, December.”

Although his next fight is not likely to take place until the end of 2016, Khan is eager to sit down with his team and his advisor, Al Haymon, to discuss his options going forward.

Khan’s number one target at the moment is clearly Danny Garcia, whom Khan views as unfinished business and has actively pursued for some time, to no avail.

Garcia, the current WBC welterweight champion, is, however, unlikely to take any risks before his rumoured clash with Floyd Mayweather.

So, although Khan remains Garcia’s mandatory challenger – a rematch between the pair seems unlikely.

However, should the Mayweather bout fail to materialise then Garcia would have a choice – fight Khan or get stripped of his belt.

Interestingly, the WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman, has, in the past 48 hours, indicated that he will try his best to make Khan vs. Garcia II happen.

It is, however, worth noting that Mayweather’s emeritus status with the WBC will always override Khan’s #1 contender status, especially with the money Floyd brings to the table and as things stand we are more likely to see Mayweather vs. Garcia than Khan vs. Garcia II.

Pacquiao vs. Khan was very close to being a done deal late last year, so it’s certainly something that could happen, however, it remains to be seen if Pacquiao will come out of retirement or focus all his efforts on elected office in the Philippines.

Miguel Cotto is perhaps the most realistic target on the list. Cotto is, however, keen to secure a rematch with Canelo, but if he fails to do so, then there is a very real possibility that we could see Cotto vs. Khan in December.

Khan not only provides Cotto with a PPV-worthy opponent, but he also brings a backstory to the fight as they are both coming off losses to Canelo and Cotto is currently trained by Khan’s former mentor, Freddie Roach.

One noticeable omission from Khan’s list is IBF welterweight champion, Kell Brook.

I don’t think that fight [with Brook] will happen, to be honest with you,” Khan told ES News.

Perhaps, for Khan, the icing on the cake was the insensitive tweet that Brook sent out just minutes after Canelo stopped Khan.

Considering the intended tone of the tweet and with Nick Blackwell’s injury still fresh in our minds such a comment was seen as quite unsportsmanlike by many in the boxing community, including those in Team Khan.

When you consider that we didn’t know if Khan was OK when Brook sent the tweet then it becomes something else, something more than banter, or building a fight – it becomes something quite sickening.

So, with a single tweet, Brook ruined any chance he had at a megafight with Khan in under 140 characters.

So, are there any other options available for Khan? Many would say that Khan’s best move coming off a KO loss would be to take a tune-up fight before stepping in the ring with the likes of Cotto or Garcia.

Unfortunately, the industry doesn’t work that way and if Al Haymon and the TV networks don’t agree then, a tune up fight definitely won’t happen.

In fact, Khan was unable to finalise a proper tune up fight in March for this very reason and given that Khan has indicated he only wants three or four more fights before retiring then it’s very unlikely that he will settle for anything less than the best.

Perhaps the closest Amir will get to a tune-up fight is something along the lines of Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson II.

Of course, we can’t be sure that any of these fights will get made, but one thing we can be certain of, no matter what opponents the future holds for Amir Khan, you can bet your bottom dollar they’ll be exciting!

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