Top-rated contender Amir Khan intends to stay at welterweight until his body tells him to move up following a failed attempt at the 155 pound limit last spring.
Khan, 29, was halted by Canelo Alvarez in the sixth round after a bright start and is now concentrating on fulfilling his position as the World Boxing Council’s mandatory challenger at 147 pounds in 2017.
UK rival Kell Brook mimicked Khan by jumping up in September to face Gennady Golovkin at 160 pounds but was duly stopped a round earlier to suffer his first career defeat.
Ahead of a possible British super-fight between the pair in 2017, Khan says both fighters need to stay where they are comfortable in order to prolong their time in the sport and remain competitive at the highest level.
“I did a similar thing to when Kell Brook fought Gennady Golovkin when I fought Canelo. I think Canelo was around 185 pounds when he walked into the ring, 190 pounds almost. I think it was a bad decision, though, maybe for both of us. I don’t think it’s healthy for smaller fighters to do that because we are risking our lives,” Khan exclusively told World Boxing News.
“When you’re fighting someone coming in at a massive weight, it’s a huge difference because these guys are really big and very strong. These guys are dangerous at their own weight, let alone fighting against guys who are smaller.
“You have to respect the weight categories and that’s something I definitely respect now moving forward. I always thought before the Canelo fight, ‘what would happen if I moved up weight?’ – And now I know it’s not for me.”
Asked if he had a timescale on when he may eventually settle at super-welterweight, Khan replied: “Right now I’m staying at 147 but maybe 154 at some point in the future. Who knows? – I could finish off my career at 154 one day.
“You just don’t know, but I enjoy making 147 and I’m comfortable at 147. It doesn’t give me a problem, really,” he added.