After Amir Khan (32-4, 20KOs) got rid of Phil Lo Greco (28-4, 15KOs) in just 40 seconds of Saturday night but what next for the Olympic silver medalist.
The 31-year-old managed to show he still has phenomenal hand speed and excellent accuracy within those 40 seconds on Saturday night. Both have never really been in question but his vulnerabilities when in trouble have. Due to a below average opponent he was unable to prove that he has corrected his defensive skills.
How can we gage where the Bolton-born fighter is right now? Well, he did demolish Lo Greco in record time while it took Shawn Porter 12-rounds and Errol Spence Jr 3-rounds. Trouble is the Porter fight was five years ago and Spence Jr was three.
New trainer or interim coach Joe Goosen spoke about how he worked with Khan on fighting in the pocket during their time together in camp. His analogy of being on the inside of a hurricane is safer than being on the outside made a lot of sense and I was intrigued to see their work in action. Unfortunately his opponent did not back up his words and fell apart way quicker than expected. I hope he stays with Goosen and they can continue to work on his inside vulnerabilities which would improve Khan as a fighter.
They say speed is power so in that case Khan does possess power even above his 147lb division. Weather he can extract that power against the best is another talking point. The corrective surgery to his right hand may well indicate that he has more power than he showed in previous fights but only time will tell.
Basically the quick victory has not answered any questions it’s probably generated more. What this win has done though is make Khan the boxer relevant again which is good for British boxing.
The first name that springs to mind when thinking about Khan is of course Kell Brook. If this fight was agreed 2-years ago it would have sold out Wembley Stadium on its own but since then British boxing has moved on. Even still we all want to see the fight so maybe the Macron Stadium in Bolton or Bramall Lane in Sheffield would be the perfect venue for this fight.
I don’t think Brook-Khan will happen this summer as I believe they both would like one more fight but maybe December would be a more realistic date. Both are now with Eddie Hearn so there should not be any problems getting a deal done. Neither holds a world title either so a catch-weight of 150lbs would be a fair middle ground.
That being said there could be a few scenarios that could delay a fight between the two Brits this year. For instance, if Liam Smith can capture the WBO belt at 154lbs against Sadam Ali on May 12 then Brook may decide to try and push for a title shot.
In the 147lb division injury prone Keith Thurman has relinquished his WBC title so the governing body has ordered No.2 Shawn Porter verse No.1 Danny Garcia to fight. The same may happen with Thurman’s WBA strap which would promote the fight between Lucas Matthysse who is the WBA regular champion and Manny Pacquiao to a full title fight. We all know how keen Khan is to avenge his defeat against Garcia and how badly he wants to fight Pacman so the temptation of a title fight against either maybe too hard to turn down.
Khan did express his desire to fight Adrien Broner next before news broke about ‘One Time’ vacating which would be a decent scrap. I think Khan could do a number on the outspoken American plus it would be the perfect step up before a Brook or title fight.
On Sunday morning Brook-Khan seemed conceivable but now I’m not so sure. It’s funny how quickly the landscape in boxing changes so you just can’t rule anything out. Being a boxing fan I am happy to see Amir Khan back but I still doubt we will ever see two of Britain’s best welterweights ever share a ring.