Former Welterweight champion and boxing phenom Amir Khan first followed in McGregor’s footsteps by jumping two weight-classes to fight a bigger opponent. He also shared the same fate as the Irishman – he was finished. NOW, the confident Brit wants to following Floyd Mayweather’s footsteps – and challenge the ‘The Notorious one’! But he’s going even a step further – he wants to fight McGregor in the octagon!
It seems Canelo must have rattled his brain, because that is one audaciously gutsy move. Does he have the steel to pull it off? Sure. SHOULD he pull it off? Maybe not.
Khan has been flirting with the thought of entering MMA and it seems as though he is much more serious about MMA than Mayweather’s rumored interest because he is also the co-owner of the Indian MMA promotion ‘Super Fight League’. The 29-year-old is now weighing his options to switch to MMA fighting style to face McGregor. He said: “McGregor is a massive name in MMA and I’m a big name in boxing, so, globally, I think it would be a massive fight,”
“I don’t think Mayweather would want to fight under MMA rules, I’ve been fighting all my life, so, for me, I don’t think it’d be a problem for me to learn and switch over to the sport.”
Khan gave his full support to his friend McGregor for his upcoming rematch with Nate Diaz via social media. Khan tweeted yesterday: “Let’s hope Connor v Diaz goes the way we think. Connor we need you to win! @thenotoriousMMA”. He later tweeted a picture of himself holding a UFC world title, teasing fans about his intensions.
Khan said: “With the UFC world title. UFC training has started”
At the moment nothing is official yet, but we will keep our fingers crossed, the way things are going anything is possible these days. Many people believe boxing is dying and the amount of money involved in UFC, we will see more and more people make a switch in the future.
For the sake of MMA fans, we hope Khan joins MMA at the expense of boxing, as he will be a good addition to the fast growing MMA community, but on the other hand boxing fans can also hope that he does well, so that the name of boxing can shine in the octagon too. So far we haven’t seen any athlete from either sport make a switch successfully as these are two completely different sports. While the last time something like this took place was Randy Couture vs James Toney where Couture RNC’d Toney in the first round, it goes to show that the transition from MMA to boxing would be easier and not vice versa, as there is TOO much to learn.
You have to hand it to Khan though. He never shies away from a challenge, and he’s extremely bold – OR he’s lost his marbles.
Either way the man loves to compete and THAT in itself is why he is a champion from the heart.