Let's get it on! Amir Khan responds to Floyd Mayweather challenge
Briton tweeted his eagerness for bout today
Monday 16 September 2013
Amir Khan has responded to reports that Floyd Mayweather's father wants to the Brit to fight his son next year by tweeting today: "Let’s get it on".
Khan was ringside in Las Vegas on Saturday as Mayweather Jr extended his unblemished record to 45-0 with a comprehensive decision victory over Saul Alvarez, and issued the challenge after Mayweather's father and trainer, Floyd Snr, backed up claims that his son wants Khan to be his next opponent, with the 80,000 capacity Wembley Stadium mooted as a possible venue in May.
"Floyd Snr wants his son to face me. Lets get it on," Khan tweeted. "I've never turned down any fight. Speed v speed."
Khan is promoted by Golden Boy promotions, who also co-promote Mayweather's shows, and Golden Boy’s chief executive Richard Schaefer revealed that it is a fight that they are looking to make.
"It's certainly a distinct possibility that the pair will meet – it would be a massive fight," he said.
"Amir has told me he wants the fight and there is no reason why it should not take place, with Wembley being a very viable venue. Whenever it takes place, you would get more than 80,000 fans inside Wembley and that will be a huge fight to have and one that I know Amir is very keen on."
Mayweather, 36, has four fights left on his six-fight deal with American television network ShowTime, and will next fight in May.
"You'll see me again in May. I don't know if it's May 4th or May 5th but 'Cinco De Mayweather'," Mayweather said after his win.
Before the prospective bout with Mayweather next year, Khan will first take on Devon Alexander on 7 December for the IBF welterweight title in his bid to become a two-weight world champion, and Khan’s trainer, Virgil Hunter, says his charge must show the same dedication to the sport as Mayweather if he is to defeat Alexander.
"If he is going to be really competitive, he has to show the same dedication and desire Floyd Mayweather shows," Hunter told The Times. "If he doesn't, he will have a tough night."
"If he changes his ideas and really commits to boxing and really becomes driven to be great in the sport, then I think he could grow very quickly.
"Amir has a lot of potential and a lot of ability and he has to maximise what he has and make it his priority if he wants to be great.
"You can't take months off boxing, running here and there, and think you can come into an eight-week camp and perform at the best of your ability. You have to live the life.
"I am not afraid to tell him that, because I am trying to get the best out of him."
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