Following reports that his fight with Lamont Peterson had been cancelled, Amir Khan now has his sights set on Floyd Mayweather, and says he possesses the requisite weaponry to defeat the newly crowned WBA super welterweight champion.
Original quotes reported by EsNewsReporting.com and Jeff Powell of the Daily Mail (h/t Mlive.com).
"My ambition is wanting to fight Floyd Mayweather and I know I have the strategy to beat him," Khan said. "I know I have the confidence, I have the skills, the speed, the power, and I know I'll bring something else to the table."
"Most of these guys who he's fighting, they go into the fight beaten. I'll go into the fight confident."
Khan (26-2, 18 KOs), the former WBA and IBF light welterweight titlist—who lost said titles via controversial split decision to Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) in December of 2011—was scheduled for a rematch on May 19.
However, news of the Washingtonian’s failed VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) drug test has put paid to that, thus leaving the British fighter in a quandary as to who his next opponent might be and when he’ll next venture into a boxing ring.
Conversely, the 28-year-old Peterson is more than likely to be stripped of his titles and incur a suspension of sorts.
Apropos Mayweather, in 21 days' time (June 1), the five-divisional titlist and eight-time world champion will be hanging up his gloves for prison apparel as he is set to begin an 87-day stint in Clark County Detention Centre for a domestic violence charge.
Albeit Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) usurped Miguel Cotto’s title by way of unanimous decision, the Puerto Rican pugilist gave him one of his toughest tests to date, something that hasn’t gone unnoticed by world championship trainer Freddie Roach, and he now believes the Grand Rapids native is there for the taking.
“I see Floyd's legs beginning to go (at 35) and him slowing up a little," Roach said. "We'll do this one more fight and then go up to welterweight. If we get him as early as December, Amir can beat him.”