It’s no Khan do for Maidana rematch
Amir Khan has ruled out the possibility of a rematch with Marcos Maidana, instead favouring Erik Morales as his final opponent at light-welterweight.
Argentinian puncher Maidana has attempted to goad Khan into accepting a repeat of their thriller last December by claiming the 24-year-old “begged the WBA in writing” to avoid him.
The first encounter was a classic with Khan prevailing on points after surviving a ferocious battering in the 10th round.
But the WBA and IBF champion, who has December 10 pencilled in for his next appearance, sees no value in facing Maidana for a second time.
“Maidana’s been saying I’m avoiding him and don’t want to fight him, but he was my mandatory a year ago and I beat him fair and square,” he said.
“Now he wants a rematch but I’ve got bigger fish to fry.”
Morales meets Lucas Matthysse for the vacant WBC title on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather’s showdown with Victor Ortiz on September 17.
There has been a suggestion Timothy Bradley, who was recently stripped of the WBC belt due to his inactivity, will be given first shot at the winner.
But Khan, who has set his sights on a superfight against Floyd Mayweather next year, insists a clash between himself and Morales would be far more lucrative.
“I’ll fight anyone, but I really want to fight the winner of Morales and Matthysse. That would be another title in the bank,” he said.
“If Bradley fights Morales next that would be frustrating because I’ve been calling Bradley out, but he doesn’t want to fight me.
“It depends on Morales, he can make more money fighting me than Bradley and it would be a bigger fight as well.”
Once his final outing at light-welterweight has been negotiated, Khan will step up a division and have one fight before a possible Wembley bout with Mayweather.
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Khan rejects Maidana rematch, saying: 'I've got bigger fish to fry'
BOXING: Amir Khan has rejected a rematch with Marcos Maidana, saying today that has nothing left to prove against the Argentinian whom he defeated in a thrilling fight last December.
Instead, the Bolton fighter wants to meet Mexican legend Erik Morales as he plans for his final fight at light-welterweight.
Maidana had attempted to goad Khan into a rematch by claiming the Briton had "begged the WBA in writing" to avoid him.
But WBA and IBF champ Khan, who has December 10 pencilled in for his next appearance, sees no point in facing Maidana for a second time.
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