Amir Khan and Freddie Roach will need to prepare for a new opponent soon, as Khan will be returning to the ring in June or July. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
Amir Khan sent out a statement for his fans on the topic of his canceled fight with Lamont Peterson, as it was said that 4,000 Brits had made plans to attend the fight in Las Vegas, which was to take place on May 19 at Mandalay Bay. But plans are already in motion for Khan to return, likely in July, on HBO and Sky Sports, probably in Las Vegas.
First off, here's Khan's quick statement:
No one was more shocked and upset by the cancellation of next week's fight than me. I had been training hard for almost eight weeks and was ready to put on a dazzling performance and win my belts back. I know many of you purchased tickets for the fight and had planned to make the trip to Las Vegas next weekend. For any inconvenience or hardship this cancellation has caused, I am truly sorry. We're working hard to schedule my next fight for some time during the early summer in the States and hope that you can find a way to reschedule your arrangements and come out support me with the enthusiasm that you always do. As you know, I always perform at my best when my fans are rooting me on. Thanks as always for your support.
Reality is that all Lamont Peterson can do right now is try to clear his name, because to be 100% honest, there is more of this story that's going to come out. Peterson is asking people to allow him time to set things straight, and I think that's a fair request. It's not like he's going to be in the ring any time soon.
But what about Khan? He is going to be in the ring soon, and Lance Pugmire of the LA Times tweets that trainer Freddie Roach has floated Danny Garcia as a possible opponent for June 30, although it appears Khan will fight in July instead.
Garcia (23-0, 14 KO) would certainly be a credible opponent, no total gimme, and holds the WBC belt at 140. But that belt might not come into play, since Ajose Olusegun would probably have to be paid some significant step-aside money to pass on his mandatory shot at Garcia. Olusegun has been banging on loudly about getting the shot that is rightfully his for months now. He wants that title shot. I'm sure there's a number that could get him to sit on the sidelines a while longer, but it might not be a number Golden Boy wants to meet.
Khan (26-2, 18 KO) will need to name an opponent soon, since there's probably only about two months until he fights. We'll have more on possible opponents as this develops, so stick around.