Khan wants to tie up world belts to his next bout
London : Former champion Amir Khan has expressed hope his next fight will be promoted to decide the world’s undisputed light-welterweight champion.
Khan has challenged unbeaten Danny Garcia in Las Vegas on July 14 after his rematch with Lamont Peterson set for May 19 was postponed at short notice.
Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone and Khan’s camp hope the Nevada State Athletic Commission reject the American’s appeal over taking the performance-enhancing drug at a hearing on June 13.
Khan lost his WBA and IBF world titles to Peterson by a contentious points verdict in December but hopes to at least fight for the belts against America’s Garcia.
If the WBA and IBF governing bodies strip Peterson of the titles, Khan’s business manager Asif Vali is hopeful three-world title belts will then be on the line when the Briton climbs into the ring to face Garcia.
“We’ve got wait until the hearing with the Nevada Commission,” Khan was quoted as saying.
“If the appeal is rejected and they strip Peterson of the titles, the fight with Amir could be ruled a no contest and the titles either given back to Amir or declared vacant. There’s a very strong chance that all three belts will be on the line on July 14 as well as The Ring magazine belt,” he added.
“The more the better for Amir, because it makes the fight bigger,” he said.