Bradley gets first crack and Morales-Matthysse winner
By William Mackay: It appears that Amir Khan’s dream of fighting for the WBC strap in his next fight has been dashed, as the World Boxing Council is reportedly saying that former WBC light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, who they recently demoted to the position of “Champion in recess”, will get the first crack at the winner of the September 17th fight between Erik Morales and Lucas Matthysse.
Khan has previously said that he wants to fight the winner of that fight, if it’s Morales, for the WBC belt. Khan never said anything about wanting to fight the hard hitting Matthysse if he’s the winner, only if Morales is the winner. By the WBC saying that Bradley gets the first shot at the Matthysse-Morales winner, this freezes Khan out in his attempts to capture another title before moving up in weight to the welterweight division to pursue a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
In the big scheme of things, however, this probably doesn’t even matter. Morales is likely going to lose to Matthysse anyway, and Khan pretty much has shown that he wants not part of tangling with the powerful Matthysse, who would have a chance of knocking Khan out before he gets his big money fight against Mayweather.
Fighting an old way out of his weight class fighter like Morales and fighting a young fighter with power like Matthysse are two different things. Khan would take the Morales fight, but Matthysse is obviously someone that he doesn’t want to face. However, Bradley may not want to take on the Morales-Matthysse winner either if it’s Matthysse that wins.
Bradley wants a fight against Manny Pacquiao, so he might not take the winner either if it’s Matthysse that comes out on top. Morales would be an easy payday for Bradley, and I can see him taking that fight no matter what. Morales just lost his last fight to Marcos Maidana, which makes it kind of laughable that the WBC are allowing him to fight for a title off of that loss.