With Bradley not interested, Khan needs to move on
By William Mackay: WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KO’s) was hoping to fight the light-hitting WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (27-0, 11 KO’s) next on July 23rd. However, the money that Bradley has been offered for a Khan fight simply isn’t enough for him to feel that it’s worth the trouble when he get just about the same even when fighting a scrub opponent.
Khan now has to move on and find someone else to fight in July. However, Khan isn’t happy about Bradley not being interested in fighting him and is continuing to yap to the media about it, as if it will somehow shame Bradley into taking a fight with Khan anyway. It’s not going to work. Bradley isn’t going to be shamed into a fight unless the money is there and clearly it’s not right now.
Perhaps in the future they’ll offer Bradley the kind of money he wants once Khan and Bradley have let their fight build more. In the meantime, Khan is going to have to look in another direction. He just finished fighting a weak puncher in Paul McCloskey, who put in a bad performance and stunk out the joint. Khan chose and unknown fighter and ended up looking awful. That was Khan’s baby and in hindsight, he clearly made a mistake in fighting the little known McCloskey. The fight didn’t increase Khan’s stock and actually hurt him because he looked so poor compared to the other fighters on that same night in the Victor Ortiz vs. Abdre Berto fight that was shown at a split site telecast by HBO. Now boxing fans are hoping that Khan fights a live body, someone that has the ability to make a good fight with him. Some of the names that have been floated as potential opponents for Khan are Erik Morales, Robert Guerrero and Zab Judah. One name that’s not being mentioned is Breidis Prescott, who already knocked Khan out in the 1st round.
Khan and his team don’t seem eager to try and avenge the loss to Prescott for some reason. It’s doubtful that Prescott will be considered, even though he’s easily the best fight out of the bunch for Khan if he wants to put in an exciting bout instead of another stinker like the McCloskey fight. Morales is too old and doesn’t throw enough punches. Guerrero is fighting in a weight division below Khan and probably won’t be considered because he probably would beat Khan.
Judah might get the fight but something tells me he won’t because he still has a lot of pop in his left uppercut. He’s a lot faster than the slow as molasses Marcos Maidana and McCloskey, Khan’s last two opponents. If Judah lands anything big, Khan will likely be down for the 10 count. The Khan gravy train would then ground to an abrupt halt before it really got started.
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