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Opponent choice critical as Amir Khan seeks welterweight test

Phil Jay 16/05/2013

Former unified light-welterweight champion of the world Amir ‘King’ Khan is ready to test the waters at 147lbs after deciding on a move up the weight divisions.

The 26 year-old, who has won his last two since losing his world titles, is on the lookout for adversaries to face him upon his US return slated for December 7 and has an instant world title chance in sight.

Khan ironically makes the move just as the WBC had switched him from number two-ranked at welterweight, back down to number one at his old division, although this won’t have any bearing on who the Bolton man shares a ring with next.

Talk of opponents have already begun as Khan eyes a shot at the pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather in the short-term, with world champions Devon Alexander and Paulie Malignaggi also on his list of potential future foes.

The Brit had originally stated his intention to avenge losses to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia at light-welterweight and was in the prime position to do so due to the World Boxing Council’s newly-released rankings.

Those two rematches have seemingly been put on hold though by Khan, who is willing to meet either of the 140lb title holders at his new weight if they move up sometime in the future.

It will now be interesting to see how Khan deals with the bigger punchers at welterweight after struggling somewhat with the power of 140 and choice of opponent will be key to landing any shot at Mayweather in 2014.