Khan could face Prescott, Matthysse, Guerrero or Murray next
By Dan Ambrose: WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KO’s) has a number of interesting opponents being considered for his next fight in April of this year. According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, the following fighters are being considered for Khan’s next fight: Robert Guerrero [super featherweight/lightweight], Breidis Prescott, Lucas Matthysse and John Murray. Obviously, Prescott and Matthysse are the best options for Khan if he wants to interest boxing fans in the UK and around the globe.
Murray is only known in the UK, and isn’t very fast and is still cutting his teeth mainly on strictly Euro opposition. Matthysse is a knockout puncher from Argentina in the same mold as Marcos Maidana, only more skilled and slightly less powerful. He would be an excellent pick because of his balance of power and boxing skills.
Matthysse recently lost a controversial 12 round decision to Zab Judah in a fight in which many boxing fans, this writer included, felt that Matthysse easily should have won. He knocked Judah down in the 10th and was landing really nice body shots all fight long. Prescott is a great pick because of his size and the fact that he already knocked Khan out in the 1st round three years ago in 2008. Khan hasn’t wanted anything to do with Prescott since that fight and often makes excuses for not fighting him by pointing out that he was beaten by Miguel Vazquez and Kevin Mitchell. Both of those fighters ran from Prescott and didn’t mix it up much.
Boxing fans would like to see if the knockout loss to Prescott was just a fluke like Khan says it was. Prescott seems to put his punches together better than Maidana and he could very well knockout Khan again. Guerrero, a super featherweight/lightweight, would be an odd choice for Khan and I can’t see any benefit to fighting someone this small. It would be a fight where Guerrero would be giving up a lot of size, speed and power and it would hardly be fair to him.
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