Former junior welterweight champion Amir “King” Khan has not stepped into a ring since last December. Despite multiple press releases and outspoken interviews, the Brit star does not have anything set in the horizon. What the twenty-eight year old is looking for but cannot attain, despite his solid and loyal fan base across the pond and the influential advisor Al Haymon in his corner, is his signature fight against one of the elite of the business. He has repeatedly asked for either Mayweather Jr or Pacquiao but to his chagrin neither has agreed to face him and instead surprisingly to face each other.
Born in Bolton in the United Kingdom and of Pakistani descent, Khan has proved that he is quite possibly one of the best exports from the European island in recent years. His ascent began after a successful amateur career which peaked with him participating in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Under the flag of Brit promoter Frank Warren, Khan began his ascend in the ranks as a lightweight while amassing a number of supporters from all over the United Kingdom. He was exposed in a sense in his eighteenth fight when he was laid out by Colombian Breidis Prescott in his eighteenth fight. That was after he captured the commonwealth title and of his native England and defended it several times.
Khan came back and defeated some name fighters like Marco Antonio Barrera and Oisin Fagan before leaving the lightweight division for the 140 limit where he captured a title with a win over Andriy Kotelnik. Wins over Dimitry Salita, Paulie Malignaggi, Marcos Maidana and Zab Judah raised his image before suffering two straight losses, a controversial one to Lamont Peterson and the next to Danny Garcia by brutal knockout.
Khan has rattled four wins in a row, Carlos Molina, Julio Diaz, Luis Collazo and Devon Alexander have been defeated by the quick and fleet footed skillful boxer.
Khan was in the running a year ago to face Mayweather Jr and achieving one of his dreams. So much so that Mayweather Jr put it on his website for the fans to face between Khan and Maidana. Despite Khan winning the poll, Mayweather Jr still chose Maidana but convinced Khan to fight on his undercard. He did and defeated Collazo in a pretty entertaining scrap.
As he chased the fight again for the fall of last year, Mayweather Jr rematched Maidana and Khan had to resort to face Alexander who he out-boxed handily.
Khan has mentioned that he would face Pacquiao that his speed would be slighter better than the Filipino fighter and camps along with the “Pacman” showed him how to beat him. Pacquiao and his trainer Freddie Roach, who at one time trained both, didn’t bite since they had a one-track mind focused on Mayweather Jr.
Who would we want to see Khan next? At this point anybody that would face him.