Amir Khan hopeful of Floyd Mayweather announcement ‘within weeks’

Briton Amir Khan believes he could just be weeks away from a formal announcement which would see the former Olympic silver medallist challenge the biggest name in the sport, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Speculation has been rife for months that the 27 year-old would be handed the opportunity to face Mayweather in Las Vegas next May, and Khan is now becoming more vocal on the possibility of a mega-money clash.

“It’s the fight I’ve always been after and we’re very close now, not too far away. Hopefully something is going to be announced within the next couple of weeks,” Khan told Press Association Sport.

Khan has been out of the ring since a shaky victory over Julio Diaz in Sheffield last April at a catchweight of 142lbs, and if the Mayweather fight comes to fruition, it would represent his most dormant period since turning pro.

Former light-welterweight ‘King’ Khan isn’t fazed by the prospect of thirteen months of inactivity though after initially turning down a world title fight with Devon Alexander in December – only to witness outsider Shawn Porter take the IBF title.

“The break has been so good for me because over the last few years I’ve been training or fighting all the time and this time I’ve focused on building my relationship with Virgil,” he said.

“Next time I go into camp I’m going to know exactly what I’m doing with him. I’ve already been working on correcting the mistakes I’ve made in the past, so you’re only going to see an improvement.”

Porter’s defeating of Alexander came prior to Marcos Maidana overthrowing touted superstar Adrien Broner in Texas at the weekend and Khan hopes to draw inspiration from those victories if finally revealed as Mayweather’s next foe.

“Boxing’s all over the place at the moment with all the underdogs coming through to win. Porter was the underdog against Alexander then Broner was beaten and knocked down by Maidana.

“It’s the time of the underdogs. If I get the fight against Mayweather I have no doubt I can go and take it,” added Khan.