Junior “The Hitter” Witter believes he can embarrass Amir Khan into a major world title unification bout should he return from the U.S. this weekend with his old WBC belt. Witter will try to regain his junior welterweight world crown in California on Saturday night when he goes up against unbeaten Devon Alexander. The Bradford, England native is confident that he can emerge victorious and line up a unification clash with recently crowned WBA champ Khan. “I think I’m the last guy Khan wants to meet, but it would be a natural unification fight for the U.K.” said Witter. “Ricky Hatton avoided me for long enough when he was world champ and I’m sure Khan won’t want to get the same reputation, but it would be a short nights work for me – I’d knock him out inside 3 rounds.”
Witter believes that Devon Alexander will prove to be a far greater challenge than Khan when he clashes with the American on Saturday night. “I think this fight at the weekend will turn out to be a bigger challenge than Khan but I’ve never ducked a challenge and I plan on bringing that WBC belt back to the U.K. and then I can get it on with Khan.”
Khan lifted the WBA title earlier this month with a points win over Andreas Kotelnik but Witter didn’t see anything to justify the hyperbole surrounding the Bolton man.
“Khan did what he had to do to win and stuck to the game plan, but lets face it, Kotelnik didn’t really show up. To be honest, I’m not sure Kotelnik belongs at world level. I beat him in a European title defense a few years back and I think if anything he’s gone backwards since then. I kept waiting for him to do something but he just kept following Khan around in a circle and never really got going. Khan obviously has done well to come back from getting blasted out in a round by Breidis Prescott last year, but Kotelnik was pretty much a hand picked opponent, Khan himself admitted that he was the worst world champ out there only a couple of months ago.”
Witter sees little in Khan’s armory to trouble him and believes that his world title reign will prove to be short lived. “Khan doesn’t have the power to worry me or any of the top level fighters. He landed plenty leather on Kotelnik and his chin is always going to be vulnerable, so if he comes up against a proper “Hitter” like me again, it will be a short night.”