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Ricky Hatton: Amir Khan fight could happen in the future

Ricky Hatton says that if he can prove he belongs at the top level of the sport, he wouldn't mind fighting Amir Khan in an all-British mega-fight sometime in the future.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan have their next fights set now, but Hatton says there's a "good chance" he could face Khan down the road, if he proves that he can still compete. Here's what Hatton told BBC Sport:

"I think there's a good chance of me fighting Amir Khan. Obviously he's the other big name in my division, but Amir's at the top of his game. He's at his peak. To be honest with you, I've still got to prove that I can compete at that level. So all I say is, buy your tickets, watch on the TV, and let me prove there's life in the old dog yet, before we start mixing me in the names of people such as Amir."

Hatton (45-2, 32 KO) will fight for the first time since 2009 when he faces Vyacheslav Senchenko on November 24 in Manchester, while Khan (26-3, 18 KO) announced that he'll be facing lightweight prospect Carlos Molina in December, as Khan looks to end a two-fight losing streak.

Hatton vs Khan has been a fight on the minds of many for years now - or, rather, it was a fight on the minds of many years ago, before Hatton took time away from the sport, leading eventually to an official retirement, and now to his return to boxing. Khan has recently mentioned it, too, speculating they could pack Wembley Stadium for the fight if it comes off.

As long as they're both fighting, there will be an audience for a Hatton-Khan fight, frankly. If they both come in hot, it'll be a really huge audience. If they don't, it would still be sizable. It's a clash of generations in British boxing on paper, but right now it's way too soon to actually expect it to happen, or try to guess what it would look like in the ring. We still know nothing about where Hatton is, and Khan is starting a new phase of his career, too.

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