WBC silver welterweight champion Amir Khan says he is open to fighting Miguel Cotto or Canelo Alvarez in the future as the Briton chases a fight with pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather in September.
Khan, 28, is said to be the frontrunner to face undefeated veteran Mayweather in the ‘Money’ man’s final fight of his money-spinning Showtime contract in the fall, but says if that contest fails to make it past the finish line, he has other iron’s in the fire.
“There are other options out there for me. I would love to fight Miguel Cotto. Stylistically, he would be a good opponent for me and would suit me,” pointed out Khan to The Bolton News, before name-dropping Mexican superstar ‘Canelo’ as another potential foe further down the line.
“Saul Alvarez is another big name I could fight. But he fights at 154 and maybe that is something for me towards the end of my career when I am bigger.”
A clash with both doesn’t really seem viable for Khan right now as Cotto fights at 160 and Alvarez is on the verge of joining the WBC champion at the middleweight limit. ‘King’ Khan has only recently grown into the welterweight division himself – having fought two fully-fledged 147lbers from four contests at welterweight.
As Cotto is likely to be facing Canelo next and the winner of that clash then to meet Gennady Golovkin, a fight with either would be off the table until at least the end of 2016, leaving Khan with few world title options if the Mayweather dream fight falls apart.
The Olympic silver medallist always has a Wembley showdown with IBF title holder Kell Brook to fall back on, although ‘The Special One’ may not keep that window opportunity open for too long if the Bolton man keeps turning him down.