Saturday 25 March 2017

Amir Khan fancies his chances in superfight with Conor McGregor

James Orr

Amir Khan has revealed that he could make the switch from boxing to mixed martial arts in the future, and says that he "fancies his chances" against UFC poster boy and featherweight champion Conor McGregor.

First up for Khan is the biggest test of his career, when he takes on the fearsome WBA middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, next Saturday night.

Speaking about a potential future in MMA, Khan told the Guardian:

"I’ve always been a UFC fan and I like McGregor and the way he promotes it. If I was to fight the champion around 147 pounds I would fancy my chances. You never know what will happen in the future—I would never say ‘no’ to getting into MMA. I could do it under my own banner and what a way to do it. My speed would be perfect, it’s hit and move.

"Just look at when McGregor beat Jose Aldo. The guy leant forward, over extended and fell short, McGregor stepped back and threw the straight right. It was a proper boxing move. I would not let anyone get close to me, I would take a step back and keep it long. I also believe that us boxers punch harder than MMA fighters anyway."

(© Independent News Service)

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