Britain's Amir 'King' Khan is being backed to secure a dream fight with Floyd Mayweather in September, providing he gets past tough Chris Algieri tonight.
Can Bolton's finest really take the unbeaten record of the legendary Mayweather? Drunk with patriotism, BoxNation's Glynn Evans tentatively presents the case for King Khan.
1) Britain's Got Talent
For core ability, Khan is the UK's most naturally gifted boxer
by some distance.
Blessed with the quickest gloves in the business, he is capable of composing a bewildering score of combinations that even our world champions could only fantasise about.
Consider that he was an Olympic finalist at 17, professional world champion at just 22 and unified champion at 24.
If his chin isn't the best, no one can question his heart or fighting spirit.
2) Speed Kills
Mayweather was once pretty rapid but never the very quickest.
Khan might be. And at 28, he still hasn't peaked.
If Argentine plodder Marcos Maidana managed to place a few haymakers onto Mayweather's mush, Khan shouldn't encounter much difficulty scoring.
The Bolton lad is fast out the traps, sustains the pace and Floyd has never been at his most comfortable against speed merchants. Veterans Zab Judah and Oscar De La Hoya both gave him fits before fading.
3) Khan Seriously Fancies the Gig
The Lancastrian lacks nothing in self-belief and has long craved
testing his talent against the very elite.
During his fledgling year as a pro, he boasted he already had the tools to scalp Mayweather over the four-two minute round amateur duration.
And remember, Khan shunned a nailed on and very winnable world title shot with Devon Alexander in 2013 in favour of a fight with Mayweather, only to be stranded at the altar.
A favourite going into all three fights he lost, Khan generally responds better when up against it; think the Olympics, Kotelnik, Collazo and Maidana.
4) Hail the Teacher
Virgil Hunter was widely slaughtered by critics after Khan's
first two outings with him.
However a 13 month hiatus from the ring in 2013-14, permitted the 2012 Trainer of the Year to focus solely on improving Khan rather than dissecting opponents or moulding game plans. Amir has been a revelation since.
A no-nonsense disciplinarian who previously worked in the US correctional system, defensive specialist Hunter eradicated technical flaws and adjusted Khan's mindset away from the Hari-kari gun-slinging that brought kayo defeats against less gifted men with heavier fists.
5) Right Place, Right Time
After 48 pearlers, Lord knows Mayweather is due an off night.
Might Khan get lucky?
At 38, the still brilliant Mayweather appears to have started a slow recess. Conversely, the 28 year old Englishman is in the form of his life; an impressive win over the in-form Luis Collazo in May 2014 was then eclipsed by an even better showing to school Devon Alexander last December.
Khan's rise to welterweight certainly suits; he's more sturdy, more powerful and, less drained, his fleetness of hand and foot are now better than ever.
6) The 'Money Man' Ain't Keen
With the scalps of De La Hoya, Cotto, Alvarez and Pacquiao
hanging at his mansion, Khan shouldn't fill Mayweather with much
trepidation but the reward hardly outweighs the risk.
The easiest way to defeat Khan is to land big on his chin but Mayweather has logged just two stoppages in the last ten years.
And when Khan bagged 57% of 35,000 voters in a Mayweather driven poll to determine his next opponent, Floyd reneged and fought Khan victim Marcos Maidana instead.
'TBE' then imposed the condition that Khan conquer Collazo. Amir did so in style but 12 months on is still waiting for Floyd to oblige him.
7) Location, Location, Location
In his 48 fight career, Mayweather is yet to set foot outside the USA. However with legacy at stake, might the egomaniac who purports to be 'The Best Ever' gamble on expanding his brand globally?
A spat in the Middle East - where Muslim Khan has a huge fan
base - would significantly swell 'Money's' pension fund. Likewise
Wembley Stadium; and Mayweather has expressed a desire to ruck at
an English soccer ground.
Either option would see the odds on Khan springing an upset slashed.
Amir Khan returns to action this Friday night against New York's Chris Algieri. BoxNation will air the fight live and exclusively in the UK from 2am (Saturday morning).
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