Khan vs. Peterson Canceled: 3 Possible Opponents for Khan's June 30th Bout

Mick AkersAnalyst IMay 11, 2012

Khan vs. Peterson Canceled: 3 Possible Opponents for Khan's June 30th Bout

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    With the Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson ll bout officially canceled, Khan will be looking for a new opponent as early as June 30, according to Khan via his Twitter account.

    Khan Tweeted:

     

    The next step is to fill the proposed June date with a fighter who will garner a big enough following and earn him respect, as he looks to fight one of the "big two," Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather in the near future.

    Here are three possible opponents that Khan could face if the June 30 date Khan wants to get back in the ring comes to fruition.

1. Brandon Rios

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    Undefeated junior welterweight fighter Brandon Rios would offer Amir Khan a stiff test in the ring and should be a big enough draw to garner a respectable crowd in attendance and on TV.

    The 26-year-old Rios (30-0-1, 22 KOs) is coming off a split-decision win over Richard Abril and missed out on winning the WBA lightweight title that was stripped from him in his fight before Abril (with John Murray) for weighing in over the 135-pound lightweight limit. He again came in overweight, not allowing him to win the vacant title.

    So, in light of the fact that Rios has had problems making weight at the lightweight-limit in his past two fights, making the jump to the junior welterweight division should be a no-brainer for Rios.

    Khan and Rios would make for an exciting fight, with a knockout being a real possibility, as both fighters have good KO power and aren't afraid to mix it up.

2. Danny Garcia

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    WBC junior welterweight title holder Danny Garcia would give Amir Khan a title bout. That always makes a fight look better on paper and will help sell tickets and gain viewership.

    The 24-year-old Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) has opened up his pro career with 23 straight victories, with his biggest win coming in his last fight back in March, where he beat the veteran Erik Morales to win the WBC belt.

    Garcia is now a star in the making and keeping his level of competition up will be key to his career going forward. Fighting Khan will do just that.

3. Jessie Vargas

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    Jessie Vargas is an exciting, young welterweight fighter, who fights under Floyd Mayweather's promotion company, Mayweather Promotions, and would be a formidable foe for Amir Khan on June 30.

    Khan would be wise to have at least one fight in the welterweight division before trying to take on Mayweather, so getting experience against a solid prospect like Vargas (19-0, nine KOs) would be beneficial to Khan.

    Vargas won a rather easy unanimous decision on the undercard of Mayweather-Miguel Cotto bout this past weekend and should have no problem being ready to fight again on June 30.

    Mayweather has already told Khan to fight Vargas and then he'll take on the British fighter, so fighting Vargas makes even more sense.

    So, if Khan wants to better his chances in facing Mayweather once he is done with his 87-day jail stint, then fighting Vargas while Money May is in jail would be a wise decision on Khan's part. With a win, he'd be the logical choice for Mayweather's next foe, especially if a Manny Pacquiao bout fizzles out yet again.