Amir Khan fell on hard times at the end of 2011. After racking up wins against the likes of Paulie Malignaggi, Paul McCloskey and Zab Judah, the Bolton-born youngster was officially dubbed boxing’s Next Big Thing. Unfortunately, following two consecutive losses in a six-month span, he lost that title just as quickly as he earned it.
Realizing that things weren’t going according to plan, Khan made the undeniably wise decision to part ways with Freddie Roach.
Roach, although a Hall of Famer trainer, consistently treated Khan like a red-headed step child. Manny Pacquiao always came first. The move immediately paid dividends. In February of 2012, Khan earned an impressive 10th round TKO victory over previously undefeated Carlos Molina. His showing in that bout was basically the polar opposite of the one he put forth against Danny Garcia.
Clearly Khan is on his way back up the pound-for-pound charts. The question now is: who will his next target be?
According to 8CountNews, the 26-year-old is aiming to return to the ring on Apr. 27, the same night Garcia and Zab Judah will square off for Khan’s old belt. Rumored potential foes for Khan include: Julio Diaz, Humberto Soto and Pablo Ceaser Cano. It goes without saying that he would be a heavy favorite over any of them.
Presuming everything goes according to plan, Khan and Garcia would then likely aim to meet once again at the end of 2013. If Khan can avenge his prior defeat, a possible showdown against someone like Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2014 would not be out of the question.