After disposing of Zab Judah in a one-sided, five round rout last night in Las Vegas, junior welterweight titlist Amir Khan is pointed toward his future, with many names on the lips of both he and his promoters at Golden Boy.
One fight Richard Schaefer keeps mentioning is Erik Morales, which it seems most boxing fans do not much care for as a potential matchup. Morales (51-7, 35 KO) is back end top ten, maybe just outside the top ten at 140 pounds, but Khan is clearly a bad matchup for the 34-year-old Mexican star and future Hall of Famer. It reminds one instantly of when we saw Khan shred Morales' old rival, Marco Antonio Barrera, in 2009. Barrera, naturally a featherweight at best, fought Khan at lightweight, just after Khan hooked up with Freddie Roach. Barrera looked hopeless before a nasty cut ended a lousy fight.
It's not that Morales can't fight anymore, it's that Khan is a miserable matchup for him. Khan is bigger, stronger, faster, younger, and better. Morales can still make good fights, but not against someone like Khan. It's a bad matchup.
Another idea is UK welterweight Kell Brook, who is a viable contender in a shallow division, a division to which Khan is headed sooner than later. Amir realistically has one more fight at 140 at best, and if all Golden Boy can come up with is Erik Morales, it seems like they might as well move Khan up now. Khan and Brook have traded shots in the UK media, and Brook desperately needs a better fight than what he's had so far. He dominated the tough and game Lovemore N'dou in June, and the fight could be a hit in the UK. It could also be the sort of fight that Khan could use to mend fences with Sky Sports, which he really should consider doing immediately.
The biggest name connected to Khan right now is Floyd Mayweather Jr, who said this week that he'd be willing to go to the UK and Wembley Stadium to fight Khan. If that fight does happen, it's at least two away for Khan, and won't be until 2012. Mayweather has Victor Ortiz on the schedule for September 17 to begin with, and Floyd won't be likely to fight again until May 2012 at the earliest.
Given that Floyd will have to wait, what would you like to see in the meantime? Morales? Brook? The Guerrero vs Maidana winner? Someone else?