Amir Khan could be part of a welterweight tournament, but then again, maybe not. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Rick Reeno reports at BoxingScene.com that Richard Schaefer will propose an eight-man welterweight tournament to HBO and Showtime next week, with plenty of name fighters involved.
Those identified as candidates already include junior welterweight titlist Amir Khan, recent GBP signee Devon Alexander, Marcos Maidana, Lucas Matthysse, and Paulie Malignaggi.
"Maybe we could do something where four fighters go against each other one weekend and next four could go against each other the next weekend, and then have the winners fight each other in three months."
This is a fun idea, and would be great to see. I'm always up for something with a tournament format. Ever since WrestleMania IV (which was horrible), I have loved tournaments, and the recent Showtime tournaments with the Super Six at 168 and the small four-man tournament at bantamweight have been a hoot, even with troubles along the way for the Super Six.
But it would surprise me if they're able to get all these guys involved in a tournament, to be honest, particularly Amir Khan who may be next in line for Floyd Mayweather Jr should both win their final 2011 fights. It might be hard to get him to commit to three fights, but his name might just be here for hype purposes.