Boxing: Showdown between Amir Khan and Floyd Mayweather could take place at Wembley Stadium claims promoter Leonard Ellerbe
But the CEO of Floyd Mayweather Promotions rubbishes claims that a deal is done between the two
Friday 04 October 2013
A superfight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Amir Khan could take place at London’s Wembley Stadium, according to the CEO of the American’s promotion company Leonard Ellerbe.
Ellerbe fronts Floyd Mayweater Promotions, and he has admitted that they would not rule out a fight in London despite the probable timescale of the bout not suiting the large American audience.
"I think if there were discussions, Mr Al Haymon (Mayweather's adviser) and I would be well aware of them," Ellerbe told Grand Rapids Press in Michigan.
Ellerbe also rubbished reports that the fight has been arranged for May 3, ridiculing the idea that all parties had already agreed a deal and that Wembley would not be under consideration. Fights on a grand scale generally take place in Las Vegas, although there have been exceptions such as the Thriller in Manilla and the Rumble in the Jungle.
Khan had published a statement yesterday claiming he had not pulled out of a fight against Devon Alexander in December – something which Ellerbe has also backed-up – although the fight is yet to be contractually agreed between all the parties.
However, The Independent understands that the Alexander fight is unlikely to go ahead due to the risk it would pose towards a showdown with Mayweather, which would provide a major unprecedented payday for the Bolton fighter with a potential purse rumoured to be around the $200m (£124m) mark.
Ellerbe did reveal though that a potential Mayweather v Khan fight could take place in London "because that's where the biggest business for that fight is".
Having defeated Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez a fortnight ago, Mayweather remains the pound-for-pound champion with his undefeated record still intact.
Ellerbe added: "Floyd fought two weeks ago. Can't he take a vacation without talking about another opponent?"
Despite both parties now claiming that a fight has not been agreed, talk of a meeting in the squared circle will linger until either Khan confirms his fight with IBF welterweight champion Alexander or announces the clash with Mayweather.
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