Amir Khan Refuses to Rule out Ricky Hatton Fight

Vitali SCorrespondent IJuly 25, 2012

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - MARCH 17:  Ricky Hatton sits ringside prior to the WBA Inter-Continental Welterweight Title Fight between Kell Brook and Matthew Hatton at the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on March 17, 2012 in Sheffield, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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After suffering his loss against Danny Garcia, Amir Khan has been faced with a wave of criticism and disappointment from his fans.

A loss like this, at this point in time, means very little. After all, any fighter could end up in such a position at a time like this in their career.

When Lennox Lewis got knocked out by Hasim Rahman, Lewis’s fans lost hope in their favorite boxer. Seeing a fighter lose, especially via knockout, is hard for many fans to digest.

Making mistakes is only human, and many fighters throughout boxing history—including Lennox Lewis, who came back with an astonishing knockout of Rahman—come back even stronger.

The most important thing after such a defeat is damage control and an impressive following performance.

Team Khan is of course demanding a rematch with Danny Garcia at some point in November. The best way for redemption has always been a successful rematch, but what if Garcia decides to skip this option and aim at fighting someone else?

If that turns out to be the case, Amir might have another opponent in mind.

That is, countryman Ricky Hatton (via ESPN):

I don't think Ricky will want to fight us. I try to avoid the Ricky fight but you never know. It'd be a huge British fight and I don't think we've had a British fight like that. It would be bigger than the Dereck [Chisora] and David [Haye] fight but who knows?

Who knows?

I think if Hatton ever agrees to this fight, we all know it would be made in a heartbeat. It would be by far the safest fight for Khan, with a guaranteed huge payday for both teams.

The only problem is—aside from some British boxing fans—nobody would care to see this fight, let alone pay for it. Khan would then be further criticized for taking this fight instead of another, more competitive one.

However, that's not to say that it would not be properly marketed. Freddie Roach would instantly build Hatton up, and Khan would compliment Hatton on his previous achievements. HBO’s 247 would do the rest.