Floyd fight ‘close’

Amir Khan is confident he is just weeks away from sealing a super-fight against Floyd Mayweather.

Khan has been holding out for a lucrative clash with the pound-for-pound number one since suffering a scare in his last fight against Julio Diaz in Sheffield in April.

And now the 27-year-old believes the deal is close to being sealed for a bout against the unbeaten world light-middleweight champion, almost certainly in Las Vegas in May.

Khan will not have fought for 13 months by the time a projected fight with Mayweather takes place but far from being a negative, he believes the time out has helped turn him into a better fighter as he has worked with trainer Virgil Hunter on correcting mistakes which were all too evident against Diaz.

Khan said: “The break has been so good for me because over the last few years I’ve been training or fighting all the time and this time I’ve focused on building my relationship with Virgil.

“Next time I go into camp I’m going to know exactly what I’m doing with him.

Meanwhile, former world super-middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe has told Carl Froch he risks damaging his legacy if he fails to offer George Groves a rematch after their controversial duel last month.

Calzaghe said he believed Groves was dominating the bout before referee Howard Foster brought it to a controversial end midway through round nine as the 25-year-old sagged briefly under the weight of the champion’s punches.

“I thought Carl was fortunate and I think he should give him a rematch,” said Calzaghe.

“Carl’s a strong fighter and we know what he brings to the table but I thought he got schooled in that fight. He was losing it badly and I think as champion it is up to him to give Groves another chance.”


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