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Amir Khan's Next Fight: Shane Mosley a Rumored Opponent

Shane Mosley could be back as a sacrificial lamb in another big fight this spring. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Shane Mosley could be back as a sacrificial lamb in another big fight this spring. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports Network and Epix says on Twitter this evening that a fight between Amir Khan and Shane Mosley is possible. Khan is expected to return in April or May, possibly in the United Kingdom, and if he can't secure a rematch with Lamont Peterson, probably will go to 147 pounds and move on with his career.

Khan (26-2, 18 KO) is currently all tied up in the Peterson "scandal," which has him being threatened with a lawsuit by Mustafa Ameen (the "mystery man"). The WBA has ordered a rematch, but Peterson is appealing that, and Team Khan dropped their IBF appeal, so the IBF isn't going to order a rematch unless they go crazy.

I think I've probably made my feelings on Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KO) super clear at this point, but I'll go over them again for the non-regulars and the lookie-loos. I was, or am, a big Shane Mosley fan, but I have no desire to see him fight again. He has been miserably bad for three straight fights, he can't pull the trigger anymore, and he was booed out of the building in his loss to Manny Pacquiao.

I'm assuming some will feel he'd be a "good test" for Khan moving up to 147 pounds, but whatever. There are plenty of guys out there who would be a "good test" and they're actually able to uncork their hands these days. It's nothing against Shane Mosley the person, it's simply that Mosley is a shot fighter. For those who argue that the fights were against Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao where he looked really bad, don't forget the Sergio Mora debacle between. Even if you thought he should have gotten the W in that fight, as I did, his performance was excruciating.

So no, I have no real interest in seeing Khan vs Mosley, but it's the sort of fight I expect we'll see Mosley in next. It's better than matching him with Canelo Alvarez, I guess, since I already saw Canelo fight Kermit Cintron.

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