Amir Khan is looking forward to big things happening with his slowed career in 2017 by him fighting Kell Brook, and then winning a world title at 147 in the second part of the year. Khan had a year in 2016 in getting stopped in the 6th round in a failed title challenge against former WBC middleweight champion Saul Canelo Alvarez last May.
Khan fought Canelo at 155 and was knocked unconscious briefly in getting knocked completely out in the 6th from a right hand.
Khan, 30, doesn’t care about all the doubters who see him as yesterday’s news, and no longer capable of making big things happen with his career. Khan wants Brook’s scalp next followed by the winner of the Danny Garcia vs. Keith Thurman fight.
Khan said this to skysports.com about wanting to prove himself by winning a world title at 147:
“I don’t care about criticism about fighting Canelo,” said Khan. “I did it for myself – I wanted to prove to myself I could win that fight. Obviously I didn’t but any doubters don’t get to me. I know I can win a world title at 147 and people will forget about the defeats.”
The odds are heavily stacked against Khan being able to win a world title at welterweight. He was able to capture a belt at light welterweight , but that was a different story. Khan won the belt many years ago before the division was stacked with talent like it is now. Khan lost his title against Lamont Peterson in 2011. He was also beaten by Danny Garcia in 2012. Khan complained after that loss that he needed to move up in weight to 147, because he would be stronger at that weight. Khan hasn’t looked any better at welterweight than he has at 140.
“I am going back down to 147 and still have that position as number one mandatory,” said Khan. “But I think that [Kell Brook] will be the next big fight for me. It would be massive – a super fight.”
Khan has been the WBC #1 mandatory at 147 for over a year now, and still hasn’t fought for the title. I don’t think Khan has been in a hurry to fight for the belt. If he beats Brook, which I doubt, then he definitely needs to fight the Danny Garcia vs. Keith Thurman winner in 2017, because he’s got to at least try and win a title at 147.
It’s too bad that the International Boxing Federation won’t let Khan fight Brook for his IBF title on the line. The IBF has already ordered Brook to fight his mandatory Errol Spence Jr. The IBF aren’t going to change their minds and let Brook fight Khan instead. Brook will have to vacate his IBF title, which he will likely happily do in order to get Spence off his back.