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Amir Khan Now Officially Targeting Morales vs Matthysse Winner

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Amir Khan is hoping to face the winner of the Erik Morales vs Lucas Matthysse fight. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Amir Khan is hoping to face the winner of the Erik Morales vs Lucas Matthysse fight. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Amir Khan still needs an opponent for his next fight, which is still set to come in December, and it looks like he's made up his mind. Khan says he wants the winner of the September 17 fight between Erik Morales and Lucas Matthysse:

"I'll fight anyone, but I definitely want the winner of Morales and Matthysse. That would be another title in the bank," he said.

Khan (26-1, 18 KO) has won twice this year, easily defeating Paul McCloskey and Zab Judah. The Judah win netted him the IBF title to go along with his WBA belt, and the Morales vs Matthysse fight will be for the absurdly vacant WBC belt at 140 pounds. It's likely that the December bout will be Khan's final fight as a junior welterweight, as he looks to move up a division to chase a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2012.

Morales (51-7, 35 KO) is about as easy a matchup as there is for Khan among the top ten or so junior welterweights in the world, which Khan trainer Freddie Roach knows very well. After earlier saying that there were better fights for Khan and dismissing a Morales bout, he has recently been on board, and tried to stir up interest by saying that Khan is (like Manny Pacquiao) a "Mexican killer." Given that Khan has beaten one Mexican in his career -- an old, undersized, washed-out version of Marco Antonio Barrera -- it's all pretty silly.

But Matthysse (28-2, 26 KO) would be about as good a matchup as there is for Khan, should he be the victor on September 17. Whether or not Khan will be allowed to make an optional defense with the IBF is not yet known, as Lamont Peterson recently won an eliminator to earn a title shot. Khan was overdue on making a mandatory for the WBA, so that body chose to simply make him a "super champion" even before he unified with another belt (this is becoming pretty regular practice), and elevated interim titlist Marcos Maidana to full "regular champion."