Monday 23 April 2018

Floyd Mayweather v Amir Khan given green light

Floyd Mayweather expertly tamed Saul Alvarez
Floyd Mayweather expertly tamed Saul Alvarez
Amir Khan

Gareth A Davies

The most influential broadcasting chief in boxing has given the green light for Amir Khan’s “dream fight” against boxing’s pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jnr but the Briton must first defeat IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander in New York, in December

 Stephen Espinoza, the head of Showtime Sports, the CBS network channel which has four more fights with Floyd Mayweather Jnr on his six-fight contract worth a quarter of a billion dollars for the prize-fighter, told The Daily Telegraph yesterday: “Amir Khan is a very interesting opponent [for Floyd Mayweather] because of his speed. It might be possible to do it in the UK, or in New York. Floyd has spoken about the possibility of doing it in both those places.”

“One of the takeaways from Mayweather-Alvarez is that it is no longer a legitimate argument that Floyd is not a one-in-a-generation talent, and that he could ever be one of the best ever,” explained Espinoza, delighted with last weekend’s promotion which estimates suggest may have grossed $150 million. “We have a limited window to enjoy his art. He’s a surgeon. It’s artistry.”

“What we saw against Saul Alvarez is that strength alone is not going to do it against Floyd Mayweather, so when you talk about handspeed and foot speed, then you start talking about two guys – Amir Khan and Adrien Broner. And whether or not Amir Khan lost to Danny Garcia or not, Amir Khan is one of the fastest fighters out there in the world.”

“It’s a real possibility and as a match-up, I like it a lot.”

Khan, meanwhile, has insisted he is not looking past Devon Alexander, the awkward southpaw, whom the Lancastrian will face in New York early in December. “This is a fight I have to win to take me to a superfight,” said Khan yesterday. “It’s my biggest opportunity.”

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