OVERLOOKED: Khan ‘disappointed’ with Mayweather rejection


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BOXER: Amir Khan will not face Floyd Mayweather later this year after the American opted to face Andre Berto instead

BOXER: Amir Khan will not face Floyd Mayweather later this year after the American opted to face Andre Berto instead

Amir Khan’s hopes of landing a big money match-up against Floyd Mayweather was once again put on hold last week as the man they call ‘Money’ announced his next opponent.

The number one pound-for-pound boxer in the world will take on 31-year-old Andre Berto in September with the pair set to face off at the MGM Grand Garden, in Las Vegas.

Berto, who has 30 career wins to his name alongside three defeats, is eight years younger than Mayweather yet his selection as an opponent is seen by many as an ‘easy win’.

If victorious, Mayweather will extend his perfect record to 49-0 and has stated previously that this will be his final professional fight before retiring – whether that is true or not is yet to be seen.

Meanwhile, Bolton’s own Amir Khan, who is yet to announce his next opponent, says he is disappointed at being overlooked again yet was in full support of his stablemate Berto.

“I’m disappointed not to have got the fight for what is the third time after having been one of the frontrunners,” he said.

“However, there are many big fights out there for me and I’m going to continue working hard to establish myself at the top of the welterweight division.

“Floyd Mayweather has fought the biggest names throughout his career and has earned the right to face whoever he chooses.

“I wish my stablemate Andre Berto and trainer Virgil Hunter the very best of luck in the fight. I have seen how hard Andre trains and works and know that he is ready to give Floyd a very tough night.”

Berto and Mayweather face off on pay-per-view on 12th September.

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