By James Slater
Former WBA/IBF 140-pound ruler Amir Khan was at ringside in Atlantic City last night, and he saw the lethal punching Lucas Matthysse taking out his old foe Lamont Peterson in quite chilling style. Yet despite the power in the Argentine’s fists, Khan, when asked by Sky Sport’s head of boxing Adam Smith, said he “love to” share a ring with Matthysse.
“I’d love to,” Khan replied when asked if he’d relish the idea of a rumble with the 34-2(32) KO king. “It was the same with [Marcos] Maidana, he was knocking everyone out and I beat him. My style would definitely suit Matthysse and I’d beat him. This wants me to stay at 140. 140 is the most exciting division and though I’ve said I’m moving up to 147, I haven’t made that move yet. I want to mix it with the likes of Matthysse and Danny Garcia.”
Khan, in an earlier interview with Sky, said he hopes to have an announcement regarding his next opponent in a couple of months or so, after his upcoming wedding. The next foe for Khan was originally thought to be IBF welterweight champ Devon Alexander and this may well still be the case, but Khan said he also feels he is very close to a super-fight with Floyd Mayweather. Khan said he’d love to be able to get that mega-match in England.
But, after Matthysse’s sensational performance, and due to the richness of the 140-pound division, it might just be that Khan opts to engage in one or two more fights there. But would Khan, who has been stopped twice and dropped and wobbled a number of times during his 28-3(19) career, be able to defeat as dangerous a slugger as Matthysse? Many experts and fans list the 30-year-old interim WBC light-welterweight champ as the single hardest hitter in all of boxing.