KEY POINTS

  • Amir Khan believes he can beat Floyd Mayweather Jr.
  • Khan holds low chances of getting picked to fight Mayweather in 2020
  • Khan is expected to focus on Kell Brook this year

Amir Khan has options for 2020 in what perceive to be the countdown of his career. Though he has not officially hinted at his future plans, the Bolton fighter hopes to have a banner year.

In a previous post, it was reported how the 33-year-old pug had a so-so 2019. He first faced Terence Crawford and lost via TKO. The fight was not spared from controversy with Khan unable to continue by the sixth round. About three months later, Khan redeemed himself with a TKO win over Billy Dib to win the vacant WBC International welterweight title. Now, it appears the former world champion plans to use that momentum towards a next fight.

One fighter boxing fans want to see is a clash between him and fellow Briton Kell Brook. A long-awaited clash could happen only if the Sheffield fighter can get past Mark DeLuca. Brook and DeLuca are scheduled to lock horns on Feb. 8.

Other than Brook, it remains to be seen who Khan could possibly face. But in a report from BT Sport, he dug deep and recalled how Floyd Mayweather Jr. ducked him on several occasions. Khan came close to a potential fight with the undefeated American fighter in 2014 and 2015. The 33-year-old pug was passed over in favor of Marcos Maidana and Andre Berto respectively.

With Mayweather claiming he will return to the ring in 2020, Khan is not holding high hopes of being the next opponent of Money. Regardless, he believes he could have defeated Mayweather had the fight taken place.

“I knew in the back of my mind I could have the beating of him. Styles make fights and that’s just one fight he avoided and didn’t want,” said Khan.

Of course anything can happen. Mayweather will likely smirk at Khan's allegations and opt for a fight where the money purse will be bigger. A rematch with Pacquiao could fit in that category or perhaps another cross-fight match with Conor McGregor.

For Khan, his best bet is to focus on Brook. He will likely be among the interested spectators over at Sheffield when the former IBF champion faces little-known DeLuca of the U.S.

Amir Khan Amir Khan defeated Chris Algieri for his fifth straight win. Photo: Reuters