Ben Doughty on Amir Khan

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Ben Doughty on Amir Khan’s Future

Amir Khan on Mayweather Jr: “I have got the speed and ability that can cope with him.”

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his team had already mentioned Amir Khan on a few occasions, and since the fight would outsell most others, I would imagine Floyd will follow up and try to make it happen at MGM Grand Garden Arena inLas Vegas.

I imagine the fight will not be taking place in September for a few reasons, but May 2014 sounds like a good date for such an event.

“It seems the fights at light- welterweight with Garcia and Peterson are not getting made. I am not going to wait around for them because one day they will move up. I could be one fight away from the Mayweather fight as long as things go to plan,” said Khan in a recent interview.

I would imagine that his is not completely incorrect in his assumption, and if he performs well in his next bout, Mayweather Promotions would love to cash in on the British fans. While there are a few decent money fights out there, there aren’t many great ones for Mayweather Jr. Amir Khan happens to be his best opponent at this time, and being that Khan can offer a great payday, Floyd might want to pursue this idea.

“Floyd didn’t show one bit that he is ageing against Guerrero. His movement is still amazing and technically he was superb. To beat Floyd you have to beat him at his home game — box him the way he fights. I have got the speed and ability that can cope with him,” reasoned Khan.

This sounds like another promise from yet another opponent, suggesting that they know how to beat Mayweather Jr. and have the perfect game-plan in mind. Don’t get me wrong, I think that stylistically Khan is one of those fighters who could potentially stay and box from the outside, and is probably quick enough to land some counter punches.

The question is whether he can land something of value and whether his defense will be good enough to prevent Floyd from going to work once he learns Khan’s mistakes in the ring.

In any case, I believe that it would be an easy fight to pay the PPV fees for, and the promotional work leading up to it would be phenomenal.

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Leonard Ellerbe: Floyd Mayweather vs. Amir Khan in the U.K. in 2014 Likely!

Apparently, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his team are already talking about going overseas to the U.K. and doing a huge promotion and fighting Amir Khan.

In a recent interview with The Steve Bunce Boxing Hour on Box Nation, Leonard Ellerge talked about this idea, and had suggested that there is a very strong possibility of it happening.

“There’s definitely a very strong possibility that Floyd will fight in the U.K. We’ll see how this thing plays out, his focus is on Saturday night and then we’ll go from there. But we’re definitely going to bring a big, big event to the U.K. I’m talking with a couple of people now and they’re giving us some options, and Floyd will definitely be coming to theU.K.The U.K are his biggest and best fans. He has a tremendous love affair for the U.K fans,” said Ellerbe.

I don’t know about you, but if they are actually able to make to organize an event against Khan on Amir’s turf, it will be the biggest payday in Mayweather’s career. Not only would the arena hold a colossal amount of people paying much higher prices for the seats, but the PPV buys from the U.K. and U.S.A. would be extraordinary.

Of course as Ellerbe stated, they are not looking past Guerrero, or are they?


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Amir Khan Promises To Spend 2X The Amount Of Time Training In San Francisco

Julio Diaz gave Amir Khan a friendly reminder this past weekend, showing him that time spent training and planning needs to be increased; otherwise its rough waters ahead for Khan.

Virgil Hunter, Khan’s trainer has been fairly vocal about his pupil, and had suggested numerous times that Khan needs to spend more time in San Francisco, with Hunter, working on improving his tactical and strategic attributes.

“Right now Amir is at a disadvantage to these other guys who have given him problems because they are with their trainers all the time,” suggested Hunter.

Looks like after Diaz, Amir finally agreed:

“I know there’s a lot of improvement still to be made, but it’s only my second training camp with Virgil. I’m probably going to fly over to San Francisco between fights now and do a mini-camp so we can work on things that need to be improved upon. I’m going to spend more time there. I only train there for the fight at the moment which would only be 20 weeks a year if I fight twice a year, which I’m going to be doing this year because of Ramadan (the Muslim holy fasting month). I want to spend twice as much time over there. The more time I spend with Virgil, the better I will get. I know what mistakes I made.”

In his fight against Molina, Khan looked nothing short of phenomenal, but as time goes on, and the competition gets increasingly difficult, Khan will run into more problems. The best way for his to avoid those, is to spend more time with Hunter, who is based on his star student Andre Ward is a tremendous trainer as well as tactician.

I think that if Amir and Virgil spend more time training and discussing potential strategies, Khan will once rise to the top, but this will take a few years to do. For Khan, fighting Garcia for the second time makes perfect sense, but Virgil might not like that fight to be Amir’s next. Garcia hits hard, and Khan is prone to getting tagged. Thus, it seems as thought team Khan needs to put in some time working on this issue before going after their victor.


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Fes Batista: From Race Hate Victim to the Mayweather Boxing Gym

Fes Batista

Every so often boxing throws up a feel good narrative – the story behind Mayweather Boxing Gym‘s latest must see attraction, Fes Batista, certainly represents such a case. Batista was bullied & harassed by perpetrators of racial hatred in his native Britain – even considering suicide – as recently as only a few years ago.

He rallied & through his talent for boxing & desire to succeed as a fighter has managed to dramatically alter his life trajectory & is now seen as a hot prospect from both a sporting & marketing perspective as boxing seeks out the next Amir Khan/Prince Naz Asian-British superstar. One can not help but wish this fine young man well & salute his dedicated power of will to overcome race hate & bigotry.


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