Brook or Broner may be next for Khan after Mayweather snub
Amir Khan may have beaten Marcos Maidana in the ring in 2010 and in an online poll looking into who Floyd Mayweather should defend his WBC welterweight title against next, but the Brit has lost out on his dream bout, at least for now.
Mayweather marked his 37th birthday with the news that Maidana will be his opponent on May 3rd and the WBC belt-holder is 1/20 to add the WBA equivalent to his cabinet, alongside extending his career record to 46-0.
To some, the decision is a cop out on Mayweather’s behalf, given that Maidana’s style is fairly straight-forward to combat. Maidana does keep coming forward and has one-punch KO power, but he is not overly quick and can be quite robotic. Mayweather dealt with the power of Saul Alvarez easily enough too.
Given that Maidana has never been stopped, this fight should follow the Mayweather mould of recent times, which is a victory by unanimous decision on the scorecards. Eight of his last 10 fights have ended in this manner.
On the flip side to Maidana, Khan has a longer reach, is much faster on his feet and will look to create different angles to land his punches.
This style potentially poses Mayweather greater problems and risk to his undefeated record.
What can’t be argued though is that Maidana has done far more to earn a crack at Mayweather.
After all, Khan has been out of the ring for the best part of a year, turning down the chance to face Devon Alexander, and has not really beaten true top-level opponents in his most recent victories over Carlos Molina and Julio Diaz.
Maidana’s victory over the previously unbeaten Adrien Broner in December easily trumps any victory on Khan’s resume in the last two years and he is also arguably the better suited of the pair to fight at welterweight.
As for Khan, he still wants to fight in early May to get himself ticking over again and other options do remain.
An all-British battle with Kell Brook would be a great domestic follow-up to Carl Froch and George Groves II, while Broner himself will want an opponent as his rematch with Maidana will now have to wait.