Khan interested in facing Adrien Broner at 147
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) says he’d like to face Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) at welterweight once Khan moves up in weight in the future. Broner is moving up two divisions to face WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi on June 22nd to fight him for his title in Brooklyn, New York. Khan expects Broner to win that fight due to his power advantage.
Khan said this to RingTV about Broner’s fight with Malignaggi as well as the thought of facing him in the future: “He [Broner] knows he won’t absorb a lot of punishment though because Paulie isn’t a big hitter, but if he stays at welterweight that could be a superb fight [against himself] down the road.”
There’s no doubt that Broner will beat Malignaggi in this fight unless Broner freezes up in the moment and can’t handle the little bit of movement that Malignaggi will be using to try and avoid taking punishment.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said that Broner will likely step down a weight class after the Malignaggi fight to face the top light welterweights. It’s strange that Khan didn’t mention that because he won’t have to wait until he moves up to 147 to face Broner because he’s going to moving straight down to 140 to take on the top fighters like Khan, Lucas Matthysse, Danny Garcia, Zab Judah and Lamont Peterson.
I hope Khan is up for facing Broner if and when he does come down to 140 because it would look bad if he opts not to face him. I think that would be a better fight in terms of fan interest than Khan fighting any of the other guys.
I think Matthysse, Garcia and Peterson are really good fighters, but it would be a much bigger fight if Broner would go straight to a Khan fight than it would be for Broner to fight any of those other guys.
I just have a feeling that Golden Boy would block a potential Khan-Broner fight because they value both of those fighters a great deal and one of them would have to lose unless their fight was scored a draw.
That’s not likely to happen, so it would be a great fight and it doesn’t have to wait until “down the road” as Khan mentioned. I hate when people talk that like that it makes me think it’s something that’ll never happen.
Khan faces Julio Diaz on April 27th of this month in Sheffield, UK. This is expected to be a mismatch because Golden Boy has found a guy that’s not even a contender for Khan to fight – and hopefully look good against. You can call this fight Khan vs. Carols Molina part 2, because it’s likely to be as bad as Khan’s mismatch against Molina last December.
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