Amir Khan has been looking to fight Floyd Mayweather for a year and a half, and he was linked to Manny Pacquiao towards the end of 2014. But with boxing’s top two stars set to finally face each other on May 2, Khan is still searching for his next opponent.
The welterweight fighter remains one of the biggest names in the division, but he hasn’t fought any high-profile boxers as of late. Khan has won his last four fights, including three consecutive unanimous decisions since moving up to 147 pounds. After wins over Julio Diaz and Luis Collazo, he defeated Devon Alexander in December.
Khan surprised the boxing world when he announced on April 2 that Chris Algieri would be his next opponent. Taking on Algieri would be a far cry from fighting Mayweather or Pacquiao, considering the latter knocked down Algieri six times in a one-sided November fight. Algieri earned his bout against PacMan by defeating Ruslan Provodnikov in June of last year.
But it appears that Khan’s announcement was premature, and a potential fight with Algieri on May 30 is not a done deal. ESPN’s Dan Rafeal has reported that Showtime decided they would not air Khan vs. Algieri.
While Khan hasn’t been able to secure a big time fight, it appears he’s turned down multiple bouts that could offer him more notoriety than one against Algieri. Khan was criticized for choosing to fight Algieri by IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook, who called out his fellow Brit for a possible June 13 fight at Wembley Stadium in London. WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman has also challenged Khan, criticizing him for choosing an opponent that doesn’t have much experience as a welterweight.
“Amir Khan is the No.1 most overrated welterweight in the welterweight division,” Thurman said via Thaboxingvoice.com. “I thought [Floyd] Mayweather was a cherry picker. Boy, [Khan] you pick some cherries. He fought Devon Alexander, one forty pounder at 147, and now he wants to fight Chris Algieri, another lightweight that you’re making move up.”
It appears that Khan had an offer to fight the boxer that defeated Pacquiao nearly three years ago, but he rejected it. IBF Championships Chairman Lindsey Tucker told BoxingScene that Khan turned down the opportunity to face Timothy Bradley. The fight would’ve determined the challenger for Brook’s title.
Previously, Khan had publicly stated that he would be open to a fight with Bradley. He also expressed interest in fighting Miguel Cotto, who will reportedly face Daniel Geale on June 6 at Barclays Center.