By James Slater
In surprising news, Britain’s Amir Khan has been elevated to the number-two position in the welterweight ratings of the WBC; this despite the fact that the former WBA/IBF 140-pound king has never fought at 147-pounds.
This move by the WBC has led to widespread speculation that Khan may face unbeaten superstar and reigning WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Junior. For a long time now, “King Khan” has been speaking about his hopes of one day facing, and defeating, “Money,” while Mayweather himself has often spoken of his desire to take a fight in the U.K. This scenario may seem highly unlikely, but who knows?
Certainly, Mayweather and Khan are both signed to the same TV network in Showtime.
In the meantime, Khan must get past Julio Diaz on April 27th, and Mayweather must defeat Robert Guerrero on May 4th.
Former two-time IBF lightweight champ Diaz told Sky Sports he feels Khan has made a mistake in taking him on:
“They think it’s a safe fight, for him to come back and rebuild his career and confidence,” Diaz said. “If they chose me for Amir to look great in his hometown, I think it’s the worst mistake they could have made. He took on Carlos Molina in his last fight, a very small guy with no power. He made Khan look good. I’m not Carlos Molina, I’m a veteran and a very strong puncher.”