'It's a fight I'd take' - Amir Khan wants to cross over to the UFC to take on Conor McGregor
Published 20/07/2016 | 19:45
Speculation surrounding a possible superfight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather has calmed but another brawler from the boxing ranks has stepped forward.
In an interview with flocombat.com, former Olympic gold medallist Amir Khan was revealed his interest in becoming a mixed martial artist.
With the UFC world title. UFC training has started pic.twitter.com/5DIKkQlm5R— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) July 20, 2016
"Something like that would be massive. Even if I started to train MMA next year, I'd only be 30 years old. I could stop and train for a full year and become a good MMA fighter," he said.
"It's in our blood to fight. I've been fighting all my life, so for me, I don't think it'd be a problem for me to learn and switch over to the sport."
Khan has even earmarked a possible opponent, Ireland's Conor McGregor.
"It just depends on the weight category," Khan added.
"But look, as a fighter, that's a fight I would take. McGregor is a massive name in MMA, and I'm a big name in boxing, so globally, I think it would be a massive fight. Sometimes, you have to put friendship aside and you have to take it in the cage or in the ring. But yeah, if that fight comes up to me, I'm not one to back away from it."
"I think McGregor has some great boxing skills.
"A good boxer will always win a MMA fight--I've always said that. A good puncher will always win. You saw in the Aldo fight--he took a step back and countered him as he came in. With boxing, it's all about distance and timing, and that's something we have on our side more than MMA fighters."
McGregor will have to take care of business against Nate Diaz at UFC 202 next month and he also faces a featherweight defence against Jose Aldo, before he can even think about a megabucks bout with Khan.
Meanwhile, a former opponent of McGregor, Chad Mendes, has been handed a two-year ban by USADA after testing positive for growth hormone GHRP-6.
He is banned from competing until June, 2018.
I didn't do my homework and that was a big mistake. I own it and I'm going to pay for it.— chad mendes (@chadmendes) June 18, 2016