Froch thinks Khan can slip off the radar if he doesn’t fight on Sky
By Sean McDaniel: WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch thinks that WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan could end up hurting himself if he doesn’t get his fights back on Sky television broadcaster after deciding to pull out of Sky during his last fight with little known Paul McCloskey and have the fight shown on Primetime pay per view.
Khan wasn’t happy that Sky decided on making his McCloskey bout a non-PPV bout instead of having the public pay to see it. Khan saw the McCloskey fight as a PPV worthy bout despite the fact that McCloskey card was lacking in a good undercard fight to make it worthy of being a PPV event. As it turned out, the McCloskey-Khan fight turned out to be a poor fight but it did bring in decent numbers on Primetime. But as far as competitiveness goes, it was a mismatch and poor entertainment for boxing fans. Sky must have realized this too, because they pulled the fight and were in the process of switching it to Sky 3 when Khan decided to move the McCloskey fight to Primetime.
Speaking with thesun.co.uk, Froch said this about Khan’s move away from Sky: “Why would anyone leave Sky and go to another? But Khan has been taking advice and did exactly that for his last fight. Has Khan taken the right advice? His team obviously think they are doing the right things but Amir is in danger of disappearing from general public view. If he doesn’t fight on Sky he will slip under the radar.”
Things could turn around if Khan beats IBF light welterweight champion Zab Judah on July 23. If Khan wins that fight, Sky will likely be all over Khan and might be more interested in showing Khan’s future fights on PPV, as long as he doesn’t dig up McCloskey or another little known opponent to fight with a poor undercard.
Khan hasn’t exactly been taking on the stiffest of competition since being knocked out by Breidis Prescott in 2008. Of the fighters that Khan has faced since then, perhaps only one – Marcos Maidana – could be considered PPV worthy. The other fights against Paulie Malignaggi, Oisin Fagan, Marco Antonio Barrera, Andriy Kotelnik, Dmitriy Salita and McCloskey aren’t PPV worthy in my opinion. If Khan gets beaten by Judah, it may make him have a change of mind where he needs Sky in order to reach fans on non PPV TV. It would be hard to imagine boxing fans wanting to pay to see Khan fight if he gets knocked out by Judah and is no longer a champion.
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