Amir Khan took to social media to call out undefeated world champ
It has been a year and half since Amir Khan has been involved in a Professional boxing fight, following his defeat to Canelo Alvarez in May 2016.
Amir Khan claims he is ready to step back in to the ring and fancies his chances against undefeated 50-0 champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. who earlier this year defeated UFC champion fighter Conor McGregor, coming out of retirement to defeat the Irishman.
Khan who hasn’t boxed since his defeat to Canelo Alvarez took to Twitter earlier this week to voice his opinion on a potential match up against who many call the greatest boxer of all time he posted.
Khan’s tweets caused a stir online with many people pointing to the fact that Khan lost to a boxer who Mayweather dispatched of himself, there is also the major fact that Mayweather has retired from the sport, despite coming out of retirement to face McGregor.
Fellow boxer Kell Brook came out in response, with what many see as a much more likely match up if Khan was to return to boxing. Brook responded on Twitter by saying.
In the past Khan has shunned the possibility of a match up against Brook, not seeing him of being of the standard opponent he should be fighting. However, with Khan having had such a long injury lay off with his hand injury, could a fight with Brook be a more realistic proposition.
Khan has been known to want to fight against Mayweather for years, and with the Bolton based boxer back in the gym and training hard, and with Mayweather coming out of retirement already against McGregor this year, anything could be possible, particularly if the price is right.
Mayweather makes it 50-0 but he’s not the only winner in record breaking bout
Last Saturday’s showpiece ‘money fight’ between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather did not disappoint it in fact exceeded many expectations at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
It was inevitable in the end that the boxer won a boxing match against a non-boxer, especially when that boxer is Floyd Mayweather JR, the world’s most famous and undisputed champion who has beat all in front of him with a 49-0 record.
McGregor who was belittled by many ‘experts’ before the fight, with many expecting him to be knocked out instantly. This was not to be the case as the UFC champ came out swinging in the opening rounds.
This tactic had people engaged and it wasn’t the mismatch expected with ‘Notorious’ even winning the first few rounds, with many starting to believe the unthinkable.
The tactical genius of Mayweather held strong, he wasn’t 49-0 for no reason dismantling the world’s best in the past. And McGregor became another name to Mayweather’s foes as he stopped the Irishman in the 10th round via TKO.
McGregor earned praise from many including Mike Tyson, however this won’t bother the UFC champ too much, despite his 10th round TKO he will pocket $100 Million (£77.5 Million), this would even see him jump above football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo on the Forbes rich list.
Self-Proclaimed ‘Mystic Mac’ even predicted this outcome when the pair met in 2016, he said: “You (Ronaldo) were number one on the Forbes list, I was like number 35 or something, I’ll get up. Maybe next year I’ll get you.”
Mayweather who retired following the fight with a record of 50-0, earned an eye watering amount for his 10-round triumph, with the money man of sport reported to have earned $373 Million (£288 Million) which equates to over £28 Million a round compared to McGregor’s £7.7 Million a round.
The two ‘fighters’ weren’t the only winners with the television companies who provided coverage of the fight also breaking records earning big money in the process.
There was a reported 6.5 million pay per view buyers which eclipsed the 4.6 million pay per view buyers for the Mayweather against Pacquiao fight. With the fight which cos $99 to purchase is expecting to eclipse $400 Million worldwide.
So it’s not just the two fighters who will be smiling looking at their bank balance today but the Pay per view television companies worldwide also made a healthy profit from the cross codes fight.
Floyd Mayweather who is regarded by many as the best boxer of his generation will come out of retirement to take on Irish UFC star Conor McGregor.
The eagerly anticipated bout will take place in Las Vegas on August 26th, 2017 at the T-Mobile Arena with both fighters expected to receive an eye watering £78.5 million each regardless of the outcome.
Previously retired Mayweather will be returning to the ring to take on the precocious UFC talent in McGregor in what is a mismatch on paper with many predicting a one-sided affair.
The American who has never been defeated in his professional boxing career is looking to make it an impressive 50th win in his 50th professional bout, which has included an impressive 26 Knockouts.
The notorious Irishman, will make his professional boxing debut having won 21 out of 24 UFC fights but this will be a whole different proposition entering the ring with the undefeated boxing great.
McGregor has never taken part in any form of professional boxing before and will be up against it. The only other British fighter to take on Mayweather was Ricky Hatton and he was beaten in the 10th round.
Floyd Mayweather protégé Gervonta Davis says he wants to become boxing's next superstar but must first get past Cromer's Liam Walsh.
The 22-year-old from the mean streets of Baltimore will make the first defence of his IBF super-featherweight world title when he steps into a British ring for the first time to take on the undefeated Walsh, live this Saturday night on BoxNation.
In his dazzling stoppage win over Jose Pedraza earlier this year to win his world title, 'Tank' as Davis is nicknamed, showcased all the tools needed to reach the very pinnacle of the sport and sees Walsh as just another step towards reaching that goal.
"It's been pretty good since winning the world title. I'm actually staying level headed, staying focused. Getting the world title is a step closer to where I want to be," said Davis.
"Having a belt is cool, but I'm trying to do more in the sport. I want to be the next star of boxing. I want to do more in the sport. This is just one more step to me," he said.
Preparing for his fight at the Copper Box Arena this weekend, Davis has been guided in the final part of his training camp by his promoter Mayweather, who has been sharing some words of wisdom with the 130-pounder.
"When I got back to Vegas, Floyd Mayweather was hands on more than usual, working with me in the gym late nights," he said.
"I've been working extra hard. Having him back in the gym gives me that extra push and has my mind on another level.
"Having him in my corner makes me feel like I have that chance. I have one of the best in the business backing me. It means a lot. It makes me work harder," Davis said.
30-year-old Walsh is no pushover himself and has stacked up 21 wins unbeaten, with 14 of those by knockout.
The Norfolk boxer is adamant that he will keep his unblemished record intact by handing Davis his very first loss.
"He certainly has potential and star quality – that was clear to see when he beat [Jose] Pedraza. But he has to come through me first," said Walsh
"I don't see any other way than me winning. If he's going to be a star in the future, it's going to have to be with a loss after fighting me," he said.
Walsh is sceptical about the names on Davis' record and believes he still has a lot of questions to answer.
"I don't think he's completely overrated, but I think there are still a lot of questions to be asked of him. He looked very good and brilliant against Pedraza. The only other reputable fighter on his record is Cristobal Cruz. There are a lot of question marks lingering on," said Walsh.
"I feel like I've been in tougher fights than him. I feel like I've been in longer fights. I think I have a better boxing IQ than him. He's very powerful, very physical and very fast, but we haven't seen him in a long fight or a dog fight or a gruelling fight though.
"I will certainly ask all these questions. I'll do it any which way that it has to go. I'm more than confident I'll get the job done," he said.
Following Davis v Walsh, BoxNation will then turn its attention across the Atlantic where pound-for-pound star Terence Crawford takes on the slick Felix Diaz, exclusively live from Madison Square Garden.
WBC and WBO super-lightweight world champion Crawford is very much the man to beat at 140-pounds but against the Dominican Republic's Diaz he will need to be at the very top of his game if he hopes to continue his dominance of the division.
Diaz, a 2008 Olympic gold medallist and with just a solitary loss on his record, has been calling out 29-year-old Crawford for months, with the Nebraska native saying he will be ready for whatever comes his way.
"Come Saturday, I will be ready for whatever Felix Diaz brings to the ring that night," said Crawford. "It's going to be a great experience fighting at Madison Square Garden in the big arena where all the greats have fought. I'm looking forward to that night," he said.
Davis v Walsh will be live from 7.30pm BST on BoxNation, followed by Crawford v Diaz from 2am BST.
It feels like Bradford is synonymous with boxing with boxing legends Roberto Duran coming to Bradford in May and Floyd Mayweather making a stop off in the city this month, it’s a hotspot for UK-based boxing events.
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Asian Express speaks to burger boss Tausif Malik of Mr T’s eatery in Bradford following a once in a lifetime midnight visit from international boxing megastar, Floyd Mayweather
International boxing champion and sporting superstar Floyd Mayweather may have a busy schedule, but that didn’t stop him from taking time out to enjoy pizzas, milkshakes and burgers at Mr T’s gourmet burger joint.
Floyd Mayweather made the shocking, unexpected stop in Great Horton Road to not only meet fans but also to stock up on food in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Still buzzing from the excitement Tausif AKA Mr T, tells Asian Express of how this incredible visit on 11th March came about, and most importantly, to know what Mayweather’s munch of choice is.
“It’s amazing how it all happened,” stated a stunned Mr T.
“My friend knows Mayweather and would always talk about Mr T’s with him, and the great food we have on offer here.
“Mayweather started noticing our posts on Instagram and social media, and he decided he just had to try some of what we’ve got.
“We were told late on Friday night that Mayweather would be coming after an event in Liverpool, so we reopened the shop at 3.30am to serve him.
“There were well over 100 people on the street, the police had to close the roads, and things were crazy busy!”
He added: “Mayweather noticed our wall of sporting greats, and he signed a photo we have of him there, as well as taking a painting home with him to hang on his wall in Los Angeles.”
“He’s never been to Yorkshire before, and when he finished he said this was the best food he’s ever had in England, so that’s a massive honour for Mr T’s and a huge testament to the quality of our food,” he adds.
“He spent well over an hour with us, commenting on how much he loved the restaurant and the décor and even invented his own milkshake which we’ve added to the menu. The ‘Mayweather Milkshake’ comes with a red velvet cupcake on top and then when he was leaving, he took ten chicken fillets and five pizzas with him for his team to enjoy.”
“We had the great pleasure of providing him with a birthday cake too, as it was his 40th birthday only a few weeks ago. It’s a massive honour to have been host to someone we admire so much – but even more amazing is how down to earth and keen to spend time in Mr T’s he was!”
Amir 'King' Khan always believed that he would get the chance of a legacy fight.
Despite the disappointing setbacks of the failed Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao super fights, he always remained defiant.
Amir, a two time world champion, is now just hours away from his eagerly anticipated showdown with Mexican super star Canelo Alvarez on 7th May, with the two fighters set to do battle at the newly built T-Mobile arena for the highly prized World Boxing Council middleweight championship.
SUPER-FIGHT: Khan Vs Alvarez is one of the most highly anticipated match-ups of the year
As always this falls on the Mexican holiday weekend which is a commemoration of the unlikely victory of the Mexican army in 1862 against the French at the battle of Puebla. Worth noting, this date has been a Floyd Mayweather Jnr fight weekend for the last several years.
King Khan always believed and was never in doubt that such an opportunity like this would present itself, and boisterously blasted out that he knew such a super fight was always just around the corner.
WARRIOR KINGS: Amir Khan will aim to upset the odds as he goes head-to-head with Mexican Canelo Alvarez
“This always kept me going kept me focussed and moving forward,” he said. “The time has come now with Canelo and I look to create my own legacy.
“As I have said before I want to take on someone who is one of the very best out there.”
Amir, a welterweight, will move up two weight divisions to take on power punching Canelo, which in its self is a mighty task that some would say folly, but Khan is a fighter and like a poker player he is about to put all his $1,000 chips in.
Khan talking deadly serious said: “This is a tougher fight than against a Mayweather or Pacquiao because of the size difference but I love that sort of challenge.
“I am going in there to give everything and to prove this is where I belong. I have done some great work in the gym for this camp and I will be ready to go as soon as the bell rings to start the fight.
“Canelo is a great champion, we are both in our primes, both very skilled operators and I will need to be at my very best to beat him.
“Having said that I believe he needs to be at his very best to beat me. In most peoples’ eyes I am seen as the betting underdog for this fight but I know deep down that I can win it and I am ready to go and prove myself at this level.”
Khan says he is undaunted when it comes to entering the hostile reception that awaits him in the Mexican’s Lion’s den.
He expects a sizeable crowd of British fans making the trip across to be just as voluble.
DESTRUCT AND DESTROY: Canelo is the top ranked middleweight in the world
“British fight fans are the best around,” he added. “They can out sing anyone and they will make themselves heard - that’s for sure on fight night.
“I am not bothered how many fans he has in the arena but I know the travelling fans from Britain - their support will be incredible.
“It is going to give me an extra boost hearing them and seeing them. I want to do this for the UK and keep British boxing on the high that we have been experiencing of late.”
THE KING MAKER: Oscar De La Hoya
Manners Corner: Khan Vs Canelo
Wow! Can you believe it! It's here, it's on!
Will it be business as usual for the big punching Canelo or will it be a shaking of the world, a shock upset win for the super fast Khan.
They always say a good big one beats a good small one. I'm not so sure about that when speed and superior boxing is involved.
The question is should Khan trade with Canelo (which in my opinion, for what it’s worth, would be boxing suicide) rather than use his god given speed and out-box the ferocious puncher such as Alvarez who is known for struggling with fast, flexible and slick fighters. Khan, to me, wins hands down and easily.
GAME PLAN: Can Khan focus and carry out coach Hunter’s master plan?
But can Canelo, with his superior strength and previous experience of big time super fights, the bench mark being going the distance with the best fighter of our modern day era the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jnr, nullify the Khan speed factor?
Like an annoying mosquito can he crush the young pretender into a KO coma? To me it is a 50/50 fight but the bookies beg to differ as they have the smart money on a Canelo Alvarez victory.
Me, personally, if Khan cannot outbox and bamboozle Alvarez to a standstill or knock him out he loses on points which is nothing to be ashamed of as Amir is fighting against the boxing powerhouse promoting machine of Oscar Del Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, the Las Vegas judges and the influence of the Mexican partisan crowd. Last but not least, he is up against the 'A' side of the card the formidable Canelo Alvarez who has everything going in his favour. Now this is a big ask.
Amir Khan must be brave, clever, ferocious and speedy quick as Canelo only has to get lucky once and it is over.
Amir needs to focus and summon up all the inner strength he can muster and copy the example of the reigning undisputed heavyweight champion Tyson Fury
He threw caution to the wind and stuck to a well thought out and disciplined game plan and shocked the world with victory over Klitschko.
Here we have the same situation, different boxer i.e. Amir 'King' Khan. I have a sneaky feeling Khan and his wise coach, Virgil Hunter, can do just that.
The 120 million pound question - Manny Pacquiao Vs Floyd Mayweather Fight almost finalised
Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr who demands approximately 40 million pounds per fight and is probably the greatest technical boxer to have ever lived has avoided the question of fighting his biggest rival Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao since 2009 when it was first touted.
Mayweather Jr has previously blamed Pacquiao’s boxing promoter claiming he is not willing to make the fight happen, Pacquiao making unreasonable money demands in terms of fight revenue and accusation that Pacquiao has used illegal sport enhancing drugs as justification for the fight not taking place.
However Mayweather Jr has now dropped the biggest hint that he finally wants to end his spectacular career with a fight against Pacquiao.
Mayweather Jr is now the nearing the end of his career and is known as the best pound for pound fighter in the world with an impressive 47 wins with no losses and the fight against Pacquiao could be his most career defining fight billed as being
“The Fight of the Century”.
Pacquiao’s promoter has confirmed this week that they have agreed the terms for the Mayweather Jr fight to take place on 2nd May 2015 in Las Vagas. It has also been confirmed that Mayweather Jr’s representatives have agreed the fight deal in “principle” with a 60-40 split of the revenue in Mayweather Jr’s favour. The final seal of approval for this fight to take place is for Mayweather Jr himself to finally agree.
It would seem that the biggest obstacle for this fight not to take place has been the financial split between the fighters and since Mayweather Jr’s demands have now been met this fight is closer to happening now than ever before.
I personally do not believe that Mayweather Jr can be belittled about his financial demands in regards the Pacquiao fight since he sells more pay-per-views sales that any other fighter in the world and is also the undefeated fighter.
The fight itself could generate Mayweather Jr and Pacquiao more than 120 million pounds in revenue and this fight is already being considered as the biggest fight ever in the sport of boxing.
In my opinion the outcome of Pacquiao v Mayweather Jr will be a Mayweather Jr win and I also believe the likes of Marcos Maidana, Saul Alvarez and Robert Guerrero (all previous Mayweather Jr victims) had more of a boxing chance in defeating Mayweather Jr than Pacquiao has at this late stage of his career.
The Mayweather Jr v Pacquiao fight is well overdue with both fighters now showing more signs of vulnerabilities in terms of boxing ability that comes natural with age. The time is now and it is better late than never to finally get this fight deal done and give the fight fans what they want to see.
The final decision now lies in the hands of one man Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Pound for pound the world’s best boxer Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather jnr announced to the world on his 37th birthday via Twitter that he will be fighting Marcos Maidana in a Welterweight title fight even though he had asked the public and the fans to decide who he should fight next, Maidana or Khan. Mayweather and his team are well known for toying with the boxing media and fans alike, playing hype, mind games and spinning webs of confusion, deflection and illusion with regards to what he is doing next.
THE CHOSEN ONE: ‘I challenge Maidana to do what 45 others have tried to do before him: beat me’
Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, said: “Mayweather has more than 11 million followers on various social media outlets and the poll was just one of the vehicles used. Bottom line, we took a look at everything that was coming through on the various outlets and we're fighting the very best guy out there.”
Me personally, from a British interest, would have loved for Khan to have fought Mayweather, the greatest fighter on the planet to date. And like Amir Khan always says he wants to fight the best of the best like any fighter.
I really thought it might happen at one point but reading between the lines Mayweather never said anything to anybody about who he would be fighting and there has been many months of feverish speculations and lots of silly reports that a deal had been done. I don’t know how Amir Khan and his team could say a deal had been met and that they had signed their half of the contract but Team Mayweather had not signed theirs.
Please correct me if I’m wrong but in business dealings in general, a deal is done only when both parties have signed contracts on the dotted line. It seems Amir has been lead the pied piper’s merry dance and now finds himself in lounging limbo.
Mayweather said in a statement: “Marcos Maidana's last performance immediately brought him to my attention. He is an extremely skilled fighter who brings knockout danger to the ring. I think this is a great fight for me and he deserves the opportunity to see if he can do what 45 others have tried to do before him: Beat me.”
Yet again I believe Amir Khan has been ill advised by his team, or was it he himself, who put all his eggs in one basket only to be left with an empty nest. He should have fought and beaten Devon Alexander, former Welterweight champ, when he had the chance and that would have put him in good stead for a real Mayweather fight showdown that we all could have sunk our teeth into. What’s happened here? Amir’s been chasing fool’s gold.
IN LIMBO: Amir Khan was left disappointed
Lets not forget I’m an Amir Khan fan, and I think he is a great fighter but does he really deserve that big fight? OK so Amir brings to the table the untapped Middle Eastern/Asian markets, taking a high level boxing super fight to a place where it has never been exploited. Raising awareness and making the fight bigger for the world’s media and press, public training tours in the UK and USA, Amir even got various authorities assurances for an agreed military security for the press tours in Pakistan and Dubai were they to happen. So confident was he that the Mayweather fight was on.
Amir has been exciting and active over the last couple of years. However the quality of his opponents since his devastating knockout loss to WBC champ Danny Garcia have not really been of a high calibre required leading up to a Mayweather super fight. His opponents were Carlos Molina and faded Julio Diaz who incidentally knocked Khan to the canvas in the fourth round back in April 2013. The question comes down to entitlement. Maidana is a knockout artist and who stepped up and got the attention of the world and Team Mayweather with a fantastic win over former undefeated champion, Golden Boy Promotions super star, Adrien Broner which clearly and deservedly got him the Mayweather fight.
POWER-PUNCHER: Maidana brings knockout danger to Mayweather
Amir really needs to fight a big time opponent now to get back in the mix A good fight for him now would be to fight Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner coming off his recent loss to Maidana. A make or break fight for both. It is an easy fight to make as they both have the same promoter.
Amir Khan wins this high profile fight, then that will certainly push Mayweather to offer him a real fight and not an illusion.
IN LIMBO: Amir Khan was left disappointed
“Following the announcement by Floyd Mayweather that he will be facing Marcos Maidana on May 3rd I would like to clarify my situation for my fans and members of the media.
“Despite having signed my part of the agreement to fight Floyd in early December, I’ve been preparing myself for some time that the match up with him wasn’t going to happen, as I announced on Twitter a few days ago. Therefore, this announcement did not come as a surprise.
“I am, however, very disappointed with Floyd and his team for not providing any explanation as to why he delayed the announcement for so long and ultimately avoided the fight with me.
“It has been a very frustrating period as I’d been due to fight in December against Devon Alexander, however, I was strongly advised to not take this fight as I would be facing Floyd this May – and therefore signed my side of the contract on this belief.
“Floyd was keen to engage with the fans and so decided to let them choose who he should fight in his next bout. I clearly won his official poll, by a significant margin, but for unknown reasons he decided to ignore the fans vote and failed to keep his word. Disappointing many fight fans who took the time to vote.
“I genuinely wish Marcos and Floyd all the best for their fight – two great fighters. As a team we have now moved on and are looking at different options.