Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said earlier today that incarcerated domestic abuser Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. could be Amir “King” Khan’s first opponent if the 140-pound titleholder gains weight to scrap at 147 pounds.
Mere days before challenging “Swift” Danny Garcia for the WBC light welterweight championship at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, the WBA yesterday announced Lamont “Havoc” Peterson has been stripped of its belt and Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) has been reinstated as its champ.
The 25-year-old Khan relinquished his IBF and WBA crowns to the fraudulent Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) on a controversial split decision defeat last December in “Havoc’s” hometown of Washington, D.C.
Unfortunately for the sport of boxing, Peterson was found to have inserted testosterone pellets into his hip and a mandated May rematch against Khan was indefinitely postponed.
“King Khan,” a Pakistani-British boxer who at 17 became the youngest Englishman to win an Olympic medal when he captured a silver as a lightweight at the 2004 games in Greece, was thrilled to rightfully have one of his titles returned and he will capture another belt after battering the 24-year-old Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) on Saturday night.
The 35-year-old Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), a longstanding WBC welterweight king, who overcame powerful Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision to acquire the WBA world light-welterweight belt on Cinco de Mayo, began serving 87 days behind bars on June 1 at the Clark County Detention Center for beating his former sweetheart while two of their children watched in September 2010.
“Pretty Boy,” a 1996 bronze medalist who already owned a decent rap sheet from convictions on battery and assault in 2002 and 2005, is apparently keen to the idea of throwing fists in the United Kingdom.
“Saturday night is not going to be a walk in the park for Amir and he knows that,” Schaefer told Sky Sports News. “But if everything goes good then of course Floyd Mayweather is there and he is waiting. Floyd Mayweather said more than once to me in his opinion his best fans are from the UK – he wouldn’t mind at all to do that fight or any fight for that matter, from England.”
Khan, who is awaiting an upcoming Nevada hearing that could also reestablish him as the IBF champ, remains destined for superstardom in the squared circle.
Nevertheless, Amir Khan would “be a walk in the park” for the spectacular Floyd Mayweather if Richard Schaefer somehow manages to cement this bout.by