Khan to fight in April or May in a big fight, says Schaefer
By William Mackay: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer says he’s looking for an opponent to put with former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KO’s) for his next fight in April or May now that it’s looking like Lamont Peterson will be fighting Juan Manuel Marquez in April rather than electing to fight a rematch with Khan.
Schaefer isn’t mentioning the potential opponents for the 24-year-old Khan but one of them – 40-year-old Shane Mosley – is already known. Mosley says he was asked to fight Khan at a catchweight of 145lbs and he said he’s not with it for that weight but he does have an interest in fighting Khan.
Schaefer told RingTV “He’s [Khan] a very exciting fighter and the networks are after him like there’s no tomorrow. Amir will be in a big fight and that’s all that I’m going to say at this point.”
If Schaefer is referring to Mosley vs. Khan as an exciting fight, then I respectfully disagree with him. I see a Khan-Mosley fight as being one of the ESPN2 type cards on Friday night and not a good matchup if you’re talking exciting fights. It might be exciting if Khan looks as clueless as he did against Peterson and if he’s allowed to shove and pull down on Mosley’s head.
It still won’t be very exciting but I think Khan can beat Mosley with the way Mosley is looking nowadays. I sure hope Schaefer can scare up some better game than that because watching Khan go back to the mismatches he’s been put in consistently since 2008 is frankly boring.
The only two good fights he’s been put in since being stopped by Breidis Prescott are bouts against Marcos Maidana and Lamont Peterson and in both of those fights, Khan was exposed. He’s exciting fighter but as wild as wild can get and completely undisciplined. He needs to learn how to fight and maybe get a new trainer who can sink some knowledge into his head because Khan is still much too amateurish for his own good.
Schaefer needs to sit Khan down and have a long talk with him because HBO likely won’t keep showing his fights if he gets beaten a couple of more times. I think they’ll stick with him through another loss but this could be a regular occurrence for Khan if Schaefer matches him against guys that can actually fight and aren’t shot or totally weak. And if Khan isn’t able to do his normal shoving and pulling down on his opponent’s heads to escape pressure, I don’t know what the guy is going to do because he doesn’t have any knowledge about inside fighting or how to escape pressure without resorting to these fouls.