Senchenko out as opponent for Khan after failing to agree to catchweight
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko won’t be Amir Khan’s next opponent in April due to Senchenko failing to agree to the catchweight of 144 pounds that Khan was asking for, according to the Daily Star.
Senchenko, a big welterweight at 5’10”, wanted to go no longer than 146 lbs. for the fight with Khan, but that wasn’t agreeable to Khan. So instead of Khan fighting Senchenko in the UK and possibly avenging Ricky Hatton’s 9th round knockout loss to Senchenko, Khan is going to have to look at the other two possibilities that his promoters at Golden Boy have for him.
The only two fighters left are the recently beat Cesar Pablo Cano and Humberto Soto. Those aren’t very good choices if Khan’s idea is to try and prove himself. He already took on a light hitting lightweight in Carlos Molina in his last fight last December.
It was bad enough that Golden Boy pooled from the lightweight division to find Molina, but they also chose a fighter that wasn’t even ranked. That’s really rare. Usually when promoters scout out fighters from the lighter divisions, they at least choose a contender.
I can’t see how Showtime would agree to letting Khan fight Cano or Soto because both of those guys have been beaten recently. Soto was hammered by Lucas Matthysse in a 5th round knockout loss last year in June, and Cano was beaten by Paulie Malignaggi last October in a 12 round decision loss. Cano was also torn apart by an over the hill Erik Morales in an 11th round stoppage loss in September 2011.
I’m just wondering if Showtime had a deal with Khan and Golden Boy that Khan would have to fight a certain level of opponent for his multi-fight deal with their network. Thus far, Showtime got a rotten deal in Khan’s first fight with a non-ranked lightweight in Carlos Molina last December. That was a total mismatch. Okay, that’s the first fight of Khan’s multi-fight contract with Showtime.
Will Showtime let Khan fight someone like Cano now instead of someone good? I’ve seen Cano fight at least twice, and he’s like a bigger version of Carlos Molina, except he’s even slower than him. This isn’t a good for Showtime, and I’m they say no to that fight, as well Soto.
If Khan wants to fight on Showtime, they should come up with their own choices of opponents like Matthysse, Breidis Prescott or Ajose Oluegun. I’d be happy with anyone of those three fighters. If Khan wants to fight on Showtime, then let him fight Prescott again or someone that can give him an actual fight.