Amir Khan: I want people demanding I fight Floyd Mayweather

Bolton-born Amir Khan hopes victory against Devon Alexander this weekend will earn him a fight against Floyd Mayweather next year

Harry Reardon
By Harry Reardon

Amir Khan knows that beating Devon Alexander in Las Vegas this weekend could put him in line for a career-defining fight against American legend Floyd Mayweather next year.

Khan, nine years Mayweather’s junior at 28, comes into the bout with a 29-3-0 record since turning professional in the aftermath of claiming silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

I want boxing fans and the world to demand a fight between me and Floyd

Amir Khan

Mayweather has yet to lose in 47 fights, but Khan is determined to use his clash with Alexander to earn a chance to face the man regularly rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

“Every fighter wants that fight,” he told a news conference this week. “You want to fight the best and you want to beat the best.”

He added: “You never want to leave boxing one day thinking, what would have happened if I’d fought someone like Floyd?”

Khan admitted that he had made the mistake in the past of looking beyond his immediate opponents, and that Alexander would be a dangerous prospect.

However, he expressed his confidence that he could make enough of a statement this weekend to make a Mayweather match-up inevitable.

“I want boxing fans and the world to demand a fight between me and Floyd,” he said. “I don’t just want it to happen, I want people demanding it.”

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