Khan vs. Peterson: Khan Must Move to Welterweight After Decisive Win

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 10, 2011

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 15:  Amir Khan of England trains at the Wild Card Boxing Club ahead of his world title defense against Lamont Peterson on November 15, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Later tonight, rising boxing star Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) takes on Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KO's), with his WBA Super and IBF Light-Welterweight titles on the line.

The 25-year-old Khan is on the rise in the boxing world.

In recent years, there hasn't been too many star athletes that captured the attention of the boxing fanbase, causing many complaints that the sport was on the decline.

Unless Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr. were fighting, nobody has really cared to tune in.

Khan is another young talent that people will enjoy watching for years to come. His only problem thus far has been the lack of competition in the Light-Welterweight division. Even tonight's bout against Peterson has been declared a win for Khan before the two have even stepped into the ring.

He is an extremely talented fighter, and it doesn't seem like anybody can hang with him.

In fact, there have been grumblings around the boxing community that Khan has the talent to take on premiere talent in the Welterweight division. After a decisive win tonight, the move up in weight classes may be the only choice Khan has.

Right now, the premiere talent in the boxing world is in the Welterweight class. Everybody from Manny Pacquiao to Floyd Mayweather to Victor Ortiz fight in this division.

The move would be a step to stardom for Khan.

Obviously, taking on Mayweather immediately is not a likely option. Stepping in the ring with Pac-Man won't happen either, since the two share the same trainer, Freddie Roach.

A quick glance at the ESPN Top 10 rankings in the weight class could provide some insight on who his first opponent may be. Ranked at tenth is Paulie Malignaggi, who Khan beat just a year ago in the Light-Welterweight class.

That means he could face anybody in the Top 10 and have a legitimate shot.

Vyacheslav Senchenko, Selcuk Aydin and Jan Zaveck are all possible fights right off the bat.

Maybe after a win against one or two we will all have the opportunity to see the fight that has talked about for some time.

Mayweather may not get into the ring with Pacquiao, but Khan may get a shot.