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Khan eyes fights with Porter and Guerrero

ESPN staff
May 9, 2014
Amir Khan impressed against Luis Collazo in Las Vegas on Saturday © AP

Amir Khan has not given up hope of getting his dream bout against Floyd Mayweather, but the British fighter admits other top 10 welterweight contenders are more likely.

Khan impressed against Luis Collazo in Las Vegas on Saturday, claiming a unanimous decision on the undercard of Mayweather's fight with Marcos Maidana.

And the Bolton-born boxer has made no secret of the fact he wants to face the unbeaten Mayweather, but believes their differing schedules could force him to look elsewhere.

"Floyd wants to fight in September but I have Ramadan coming up so I want to take time off for that," Khan told Sky Sports' Ringside. "The next fight for me will be either November or December, if Floyd moves to November or December then that fight can happen.

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"I want to fight again at the end of the year. I don't want to take a long time out of the ring like I did last time. I want to fight someone in the top 10. There are a few big names out there."

Khan, seventh in the welterweight world rankings, suggested Shawn Porter, in fifth, or eighth-placed Robert Guerrero as more likely opponents. But he ruled out facing Manny Pacquaio and the Filipino's fellow Top Rank stablemates.

"I think Guerrero could be an ideal opponent in the future, even a rematch with Maidana or Porter, who just had a great win," Khan said.

"Porter is a great fighter; he is very strong and very quick. I think with Pacquiao, Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez it would be quite hard to make the fight because they are with [Top Rank promotor] Bob Arum.

"[Devon] Alexander is another fight that could be possibly made. We were talking about getting that fight done. But yes, there are a few names there that I am looking at, which could definitely make sense."

But Khan remains locked on getting Mayweather - a fight he believes the boxing public are desperate to see.

"Everywhere I was walking in Vegas everyone was talking about me fighting Mayweather," Khan said. "They were saying, 'We want to see that fight' and, 'You're the only one that can give him problems with that speed, movement and explosiveness'.

"I was watching the fight between him and Maidana and Maidana was getting a lot of shots in. And Maidana is a lot slower than me and his footwork is a lot slower.

"When you fight someone like Floyd Mayweather, you can't respect him. You have to go out all guns blazing. Mayweather is a great fighter but opponents are getting smarter and fighters are getting smarter.

"I think what Floyd Mayweather needs is someone who is not going to stand in front of him with slow feet and slow hands, and that is me. I don't have slow feet or slow hands.

"He is an amazing fighter and the best fighter out there. And to even have your name pulled up by people to fight him next is an achievement on its own.

"I know what mistakes I was making before and the weight-making was one of those mistakes. I should have moved up a long time ago.

"I am taking boxing a lot more seriously now. I have a great team. I am using Al Haymon as my advisor now and things are going really well with Golden Boy as well. It is now all about keeping working hard, getting the right fights and getting the wins."

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