By James Slater
Former WBA/IBF 140-pound king Amir Khan is eagerly looking ahead to the planned mini-tournament Golden Boy have planned for the light-welterweights. Khan, speaking with Sky Sports’ new Toe To Toe podcast, spoke of the in-the-works five man tourney and the fact that, by year’s end, the 140-pound division will have a recognised number-one champion.
Khan, who faces former lightweight champ Julio Diaz on April 27th, says he is set to watch Danny Garcia-Zab Judah unfold (also on April 27th), then Lamont Peterson-Lucas Matthysse on May 18th, with the two winners to then meet at a date TBA, with the winner of that fight to then face Khan himself by the end of 2013.
“Golden Boy said they are going to do a mini tournament,” Khan, 27-3(19) said. “It’s going to be Garcia-Judah, the winner fights the winner of Matthysse and Peterson, and at the end of the year the winner of that fights me. The reason they fight me at the end is because I can’t fight in the middle because I’ve got Ramadam.
“Hopefully we’ll know by the end of the year who the best 140-pound fighter is and that’s going to be between the five of us.”
26-year-old Khan made it clear he is not underestimating Diaz, who he says is “another dangerous opponent for me,” but he is looking ahead to reclaiming his status as the division’s premiere fighter.
Khan gave his predictions on Garcia-Judah and Peterson-Matthysse:
“I think Peterson will stay nice and tucked up. I think Peterson might just take that fight but it’s going to be an exciting fight. Garcia and Judah is going to be another big one. I think Judah is probably past it now, but maybe for three or four rounds he will be good to watch. But after that I think Garcia will probably pick up and beat him.”
It sounds like Khan – who was out-pointed by Peterson and then stopped in the 4th-round by Garcia – is expecting a chance at avenging one of his defeats by the year’s end. The Bolton man is currently 1-0 under new trainer Virgil Hunter.