Froch: Khan doesn’t stand a chance against Mayweather
By Scott Gilfoid: One of the many people who doesn’t think Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) has a chance of beating Floyd Mayweather Jr. is former super middleweight champ Carl Froch. He thinks that Khan would have no chance of beating Mayweather if he’s the one who gets selected by the superstar for his September fight.
Froch points to Khan’s past losses to Danny Garcia, Breidis Prescott and Lamont Peterson as the reason for why Khan would have zero chance of beating Mayweather. Froch says that each time Khan has stepped up to the plate to face better opposition, he’s been beaten.
“I don’t think he’s [Khan] good enough,” Froch said to Emil Ougendal via lonsdale.com. “I don’t think there’s anybody out there who is. That’s no disrespect to Amir Khan but when he steps up, he gets beaten.”
Froch is really speaking the truth here. Every time Khan steps up against really good opposition, he’s been slapped down viciously. I mean, Khan is even struggling against guys that he’s supposed to beat. Look at Khan’s last fight against Chris Algieri last May. That was supposed to have been an easy fight for Khan, but it turned out to be a life and death struggle for the 28-year-old Brit with him getting staggered and out-punched for most of the fight.
Yeah, Khan ended up winning by a 12 round decision, but that was only because Algieri made the mistake of not being busy enough. He was too busy loading up on single shots rather than throwing enough punches to ensure that he won rounds.
“You can’t put somebody like Khan, who’s been beaten by three people, up against Mayweather,” Froch said. “If you’re losing to that level [of fighter], you can’t put him up against Floyd Mayweather and expect him to win.”
If Mayweather is seeing it as a simple farewell fight where he picks a soft job for him to fight rather than a risky one, then I can totally understand him picking out Khan as opponent. It’s not a fight that Mayweather would have any risk of losing. But if Mayweather wants an opponent that will bring entertainment value, then he needs to go in another direction because Khan holds too much nowadays and is far too defensive for it to be an interesting fight.
After Mayweather’s less than crowd-pleasing fight against Manny Pacquiao last May, he really needs an exciting opponent that will actually fight him for 12 rounds rather than putting him in head-locks all night long like we saw from Khan in his recent fight against Algieri. That would be really ugly if Khan were to hold Mayweather for 12 rounds while the MGM Grand crowd booed and booed. It would be such a terrible way for Mayweather to retire.
“I don’t think he [Khan] will stand a chance,” Froch said. “He got knocked out by Prescott and Garcia and Peterson had him down. If you’re losing to that level of fighter, you can’t put him up against Floyd Mayweather and expect him to win.”
It’s very true what Froch says. If Khan can’t even beat the likes of Peterson, Prescott and Garcia, then he has no business being in the ring with a talent like Mayweather. Khan still has Prescott, Garcia and Peterson problems that he needs to address. For some reason, Khan never attempted to avenge those losses, and he needs to go back and face those guys again and prove that he can beat them. I know that Prescott’s career has gone downhill since his win over Khan, but that doesn’t mean that Khan still can’t fight him.
Prescott still has punching power and it would be an interesting fight. Now if Khan can run the table and beat Prescott, Peterson and Garcia, then maybe he can start calling out Mayweather and be taken seriously by boxing fans. But until Khan beats those guys and proves that he’s better than them, then I don’t see him getting the fight against Mayweather.