Khan in talks for a fight with Senchenko for April 20th in Manchester
By Sean McDaniel: Former two division world champion Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) is reportedly in talks with former WBA World welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (33-1, 22 KO’s) for a fight that will take place on April 20th in Manchester, England rather than the United States. Olympic bronze medallist from Britain Anthony Ogogo could be fighting on the undercard.
The idea behind Khan fighting at Manchester is to avenge Ricky Hatton’s recent 9th round TKO loss to Senchenko from last November. The fight took place in Manchester. This would be Khan’s chance to avenge the defeat and at the same time show the difference between his talent and Hatton’s by hopefully beating Senchenko in an impressive fashion.
Senchenko is said to want £500,000 for the fight with Khan, according to thesun.co.uk. If Senchenko agrees to the fight, it’s possible that he would have to move down to 140 to make the fight happen. However, there’s also a possibility that Khan could move up to 147 to fight Senchenko at his weight.
Khan’s last fight last December against lightweight Carlos Molina didn’t do well in Los Angeles, California. The ticket sales were reportedly not overly impressive. Khan still doesn’t have a fan base in the United States despite having fought there for the two years.
One of things that has hurt him is his defeats to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia. However, even if he had won those two fights, Khan still likely wouldn’t be a huge draw because he’s not faced one of the big names yet like Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Once Khan takes on one of those guys and does well, he’ll likely become a big draw in the U.S. Fighting in Manchester makes a lot of sense right now for Khan because the fight will sell and he could sell out the Manchester Arena and that would be very impressive.