Khan: My style will give Floyd problems
British boxer Amir “King” Khan is still campaigning for a fight against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the pound-for-pound king continues to make him and the rest of the boxing world wait for confirmation about his May 3 fight.
Last week, Khan won a fan poll on Mayweather’s website wherein the American asked his fans to determine who between Khan and Argentina’s Marcos Maidana would be his opponent for May 3.
But Mayweather, the highest-paid athlete in the world, has so far not made a formal announcement regarding the fight, much to the frustration of Khan who continues to train in Northern California.
Speaking to Hustle Boss following a training session, he stressed that he would be a great opponent for Mayweather as his style and skills figure to give the Americans some problems.
“Styles make fights,” he said. “We’ve seen Floyd fight against guys who are hard hitters, pressure fighters. We’ve not really seen him against guys with quick footwork.”
Khan noted that the last fighter with quick footwork that Mayweather fought was Zab Judah, whom Mayweather beat in 2006.
“There are other fighters who have been quick, who have caused him quite a bit of problems,” Khan said. “(Fighters) who have a good jab, who have good, clean, crisp punches.”
“That’s what I bring to the table,” he stressed. “I’m a different style. That’s why I think I would give Floyd a lot of problems.”
In contrast, the Argentine Maidana seems to be tailor-made for Mayweather, Khan claimed.
“He’s made for Floyd Mayweather. People want to see Floyd Mayweather in with a different style. If you think about the last three opponents Floyd has faced, they got slow feet, slow hands,” said Khan. “No disrespect, they’ve all been great fighters, but I think that suits Floyd Mayweather.”
Mayweather’s last fight was in September 2013 against young Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who despite his considerable punching power was too slow and plodding against the American.
“What Floyd Mayweather has problems with is speed, explosiveness and movement, which not many fighters bring to him,” said Khan.
Khan acknowledged that he can do nothing but wait for Mayweather to finally make an announcement, as he knows he is the underdog both in the fight as well as the “B-side” of the promotion.
“Time will tell,” he said. “The ball’s in Floyd’s court, and he will probably announce something in the next couple of days.”