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20th Jan 2016

Amir Khan will reportedly fight for the welterweight world title this summer

It's not Kell Brook...

Ben Kenyon

Amir Khan hasn’t fought for almost a year since his below-par victory over Chris Algieri.

But it looks like Bolton’s finest is set to return to the ring in March…although an opponent has yet to be named.

The two-time world champion is now eyeing up the WBC welterweight belt and has been installed as the mandatory challenger.

Khan is aiming to face the winner of Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero, who fight this Saturday – with the Brit desperate for a rematch against Garcia after losing to him in 2012 with a 4th round KO.

“I’m training for hopefully the end of March, that’s when I want to fight next,” Khan said it a video posted on his Facebook.

“Opponent-wise we don’t know any names, we’re looking at a few at the moment.

“I’ve got a few options. Danny Garcia is fighting for the WBC title. Even though I’m the No 1, he’s got the opportunity to fight for it, him being the No 2.

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 12: Boxers Amir Khan (L) and Danny Garcia face off during the final news conference at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on July 12, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two fighters will battle for the WBC super lightweight world championship on July 14 in Las Vegas. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

“I think I’ll get my chance to win that title against him and have that rematch which I’ve been looking forward to him for a long, long time,” Khan added.

“I’d quite like that to happen this summer. If he wins that is, I’ll beat the winner of Guerrero-Garcia.”

This fight looks to have killed off hopes of a huge summer showdown at Wembley with IBF champion Kell Brook.

Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn apparently booked out Wembley on June 4 in anticipation of the all-British clash.

The Sheffield fighter made a direct challenge to Khan, who was overlooked by both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

Mayweather chose a swansong fight against Andre Berto, while Pacquiao will face Timothy Bradley in April before he hangs up his gloves.

“Khan has nowhere else to go,” said Brook. “He was waiting and waiting for Mayweather, didn’t get it, then he waited for Pacquiao, and never got it. The fight against me is there to be made, it’s the biggest fight out there for him and he has nowhere to hide now.”


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