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Are Paul Williams and Amir Khan on a Collision Course?

NEW YORK - MAY 15:  Amir Khan of Great Britain celebrates after defeating Paulie Malignaggi by TKO in the 11th round of his WBA light welterweight title fight at Madison Square Garden on May 15, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Justin DavisContributor IMay 20, 2010

This may or may not be a plausible prospect, but it's definitely thought-provoking. Think about it: Both fighters are young and exciting, posing similar styles. This fight wouldn't be a public demand for another two or three years, but let's start entertaining it now, shall we?

Paul Williams is coming off a very bizarre fight with Kermit Cintron. The fight ended when Cintron fell out of the ring and was deemed unfit to continue.

Cintron is filing to overturn the technical decision to a no-contest, which in the eyes of many is the only reasonable thing to do. A rematch will probably be in demand and take place in the coming months. Williams, who was in control of the fight, should beat Cintron pretty handily if he can stay focused.

Williams has defeated Margarito, avenged a loss from Quintana, and failed to get Kelly Pavlik in the ring. Williams has called out Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Carrying the moniker of "Most Avoided Fighter," Williams is not likely to demand a high profile fight at this time.

Defeating Cintron in a rematch and maybe a rematch with Sergio Martinez is probably his future. On that schedule, 2010 and half of 2011 is filled up for Williams.

Amir Khan is coming off a convincing win over Paulie Malignaggi. Following in the footsteps of his predecessors Naseem Hamed and Herbie Hide as the youngest British bred boxer, the future is ripe with big pay day fights for Mr. Khan.

A bout with Pacquiao is likely out of the question considering Freddie Roach trains them both. Khan can cement his legacy by cleaning up the 140-pound division and facing the likes of Timothy Bradley, Victor Ortiz, and Devon Alexander.

However, the welterweight division is calling his name and these fights might be on the back-burner.

Enter Williams vs. Khan at 147 pounds. Khan and Williams could easily make the weight, and the showdown would create a significant enough buzz to under-card a PPV card.

The fight would feature two young fighters representing the future of boxing today. Who would be victorious? It's a toss-up at this point, but Khan is definitely the bigger puncher.

The question is not will this fight happen, but when. Who's down? I know I am.

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