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Amir Khan Eyes Another Unification for Last 140 Lb. Appearance

If Khan elects to face the Morales-Matthysse winner, the move will have to be approved by the WBA and IBF. The former has declared that the winner of Guerrero-Maidana will be the #1 contender for Khan's title. With the latter, Khan has a mandatory defense that must be made against Lamont Peterson, who secured #1 contender status for the IBF when he knocked out Victor Cayo on July 29.

 

Amir Khan hopes his last junior welterweight fight will be his second unification bout of 2011 by facing the winner of the September 17 matchup between Erik Morales and Lucas Matthysse.

Khan added the IBF strap with his WBA title when he knocked out Zab Judah in five rounds on July 23. Khan plans to move up to welterweight in 2012, leaving December as the month he plans on making his last appearance at junior welterweight. Khan was unable to make a fight with WBC and WBO titlist Timothy Bradley, who was stripped by the WBC for inactivity. Morales and Matthysse will fight for Bradley’s vacant title, and Khan sees the opportunity of unifying three of the division four titles as more attractive than facing Maidana, who squares off against Robert Guerrero on August 27.

“If I was to fight Maidana again I’d beat him again, only more convincingly this time,” Khan told UK reporters. “It would be easier because I know exactly what he does and I wouldn’t make any of the mistakes I did in the first fight. It could happen in the future but there are other names I want first.”

If Khan elects to face the Morales-Matthysse winner, the move will have to be approved by the WBA and IBF. The former has declared that the winner of Guerrero-Maidana will be the #1 contender for Khan’s title. With the latter, Khan has a mandatory defense that must be made against Lamont Peterson, who secured #1 contender status for the IBF when he knocked out Victor Cayo on July 29.

“I’ll fight anyone, but I really want to fight the winner of Morales and Matthysse. That would be another title in the bank,” Khan said.

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Khan has a lot of options for December. It’s obvious that he wants Erik Morales simply for the payday. There’s no way Morales can hang with him at this stage. It’s not even a given Morales gets past Matthysse, who lost very close fights recently to Devon Alexander and Zab Judah. On a strictly competition basis, I’d rank Khan’s potential opponents (should they win) as Robert Guerrero, Lucas Matthysse, Marcos Maidana, Lamont Peterson and Erik Morales. Might seem off to have Morales so slow, but I think it’s an awful styles matchup for him. With slow sluggers like Maidana and Matthysse, El Terrible at least has the chance of outboxing them. Not so with Khan.

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