Schaefer gives Khan a good chance against Mayweather
By Scott Gilfoid: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer isn’t ready to let the cat out of the bag as far as who Floyd Mayweather Jr’s next opponent will be on May 3rd, but he is willing to say that he thinks Amir Khan has a good chance of beating Mayweather due to his hand speed advantage over him.
Schaefer sees Khan as having faster hands, and he points to Mayweather’s fight against a young Zab Judah back in 2006 as case of Mayweather struggling with a fighter with quick hands and feet. Mayweather beat Judah by the scores 119-109, 116-112, 117-111. If this is the best that an opponent with fast hands could go against Mayweather then I think Schaefer is going to be in for a big letdown if the Khan-Mayweather fight takes place on May 3rd.
“Styles make fights and speed kills,” Schaefer said to Hustleboss. “Amir Khan is one of the most skilled fighters…I think it would be a fascinating match-up and if it would happen, I give Amir Khan a hell of a chance…Floyd is not exactly the biggest puncher.”
Schaefer is pouring it on kind of thick, isn’t he?
Julio Diaz wasn’t exactly the biggest puncher either at 147, and he had Khan staggering all over the ring like a drunk on Friday night. If a guy like Diaz was able to put Khan on the canvas, then Mayweather has enough power to put Khan down and keep him there.
Khan barely escaped knockout losses in the Diaz and Marcos Maidana fights. If those two fighters had the accuracy that Mayweather has, they would have each knocked Khan out. I mean, I think Maidana would have still been able to KO Khan even without having great accuracy, but he had a referee that prevented him from working on the inside after he had Khan badly hurt in the 10th.
Khan has long arms and quick hands, but he’s so wide open when he comes running forward throwing combinations. Mayweather would time him and nail him with a big left hook and that would be it. Khan would be on his back and staring up at the lights wondering what hit him.
I think it doesn’t matter what boxing fans feel about the Khan-Mayweather fight. This is probably going to take place next whether fans like the match or not. I think Mayweather has his mind made up that he wants the Khan fight. Believe me, if the fight wasn’t going to happen then you wouldn’t have Schaefer slathering Khan with compliments from head to toe. This is a shot across the bow. Schaefer is building Khan up for the big announcement. Oh boy, I can just see how the doom and gloom will set in as soon as Schaefer makes the big announcement about this mismatch.