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Khan 'will not be facing Broner'

ESPN staff
March 7, 2014
Marcos Maidana is the only man to have beaten Adrien Broner in 28 fights © Getty Images

Amir Khan won't be taking up Floyd Mayweather's challenge to fight Adrien Broner, his trainer Virgil Hunter has confirmed.

Mayweather overlooked Khan for his next fight but suggested he would take on the Brit if he fought and beat Broner on the undercard of his bout against Marcos Maidana - the only man to have beaten Broner in 28 fights - on May 3.

Khan felt he had been "disrespected" by Mayweather after being led to believe the two would go toe-to-toe, having also topped Maidana in a fans' poll commissioned by the American as to who they wanted to see him face next.

With his fighter having already appeared to turn down Mayweather's offer by saying he was "full of s***", Hunter says Khan has other plans.

"I can say that it [Khan's next fight] will not be Adrien Broner," Hunter told Sky Sports. "People talk a lot in this business but I can assure you it won't be Adrien Broner.

"I'm not at liberty to [say more]. This is a business and out of courtesy to my whole team, I don't think it would be right.

"But I think you'll be happy in the next few days when you get clarity on the whole situation. I'm not at liberty to speak about it but I think in the next few days it will become apparent why it is a blessing in disguise.

"I'll be in England next week to continue his training. He will be fighting within a period of 8-10 weeks so we're happy about that."

While Hunter admitted he was disappointed the fight against Mayweather did not come together, he believes the bout will happen in the future.

"It was a disappointment of course because you'd like to have people stay true to their word and unfortunately in this particular incident they weren't true to their word," Hunter said.

"But because Amir has handled it quite well I think it will turn out to be a blessing in disguise so we move forward.

"But it's definitely going to happen. I am very confident through the circle of people that I speak to. The people who are speaking on that matter are very true to their word so yes that fight will happen."

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