Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Amir Khan wants double world champion Juan Manuel Márquez to be his next opponent

Juan Manuel Márquez earned a unanimous points decision over Juan Diaz in Las Vegas to retain his World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organisation lightweight titles.

His emphatic victory was watched at ringside by Amir Khan who wasted no time in naming the 36-year-old Mexican as the man he would most like to face in his next scheduled fight on Dec 11 in either Manchester or London.

Márquez scored 116-112, 118-110 and 117-111 with the judges on Saturday night. Memories of Márquez, with a record of 37 knockouts in his 57 fights, being dominated by the much bigger Floyd Mayweather Jr in September 2009 eased away as Diaz was picked apart.

Khan said: “Márquez looked strong and sharp. I still want to fight him. He’s a legend. I know people think I’m stupid to fight someone with so much experience, but I want tough fights against big names. I am now relying on Golden Boy Promotions to make this fight for December.”

Apart from Marquez, there are three other names in the reckoning — Michael Katsidis, Timothy Bradley and Marcos Maidana — and as Khan prepares for the month of Ramadan, Golden Boy will look to fix up the contest. Khan also said he was looking at a title fight at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium at some point in the next 18 months.

The next move will depend on Richard Schaefer, Golden Boy’s chief executive, Khan’s handlers. While Márquez called for a third contest with WBO weltyerweight champion Manny Pacquiao — out of the question with the Filipino due to fight Antonio Margarito on Nov 13 — Schaefer said: “Márquez v Pacquiao could be a possibility if Márquez were to fight Khan first and defeat him.”

Meanhwile, David Haye, the WBA heavyweight champion from London, was working as a cornerman for super-middleweight George Groves, who made a successful debut in the United States with a sixth-round stoppage of Alfredo Contreras.

Groves is very impressive indeed with his skills and power,” Khan assessed. “I can’t wait to see Groves meet James DeGale. I think Groves is going to do much better than DeGale in the long run.”

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