With Amir Khan potentially the favorite to land the September date for Floyd Mayweather's "final" fight, it would not be unreasonable to expect that Khan, 28, may be overlooking his next opponent, Chris Algieri. The two meet Friday on PBC on Spike.
But Khan (30-3, 19 KO) says he's totally focused on the challenge in front of him, and not getting ahead of himself, which he admits he's done in the past:
"I've made the mistake of looking past opponents before and I'm not going to make that mistake again. I'm within touching distance of a big mega-fight but like I said, we have to get past this fight on Friday night. Hopefully we get past this in good fashion and I think the Mayweather fight will be there."
Algieri (20-1, 8 KO) hasn't fought since a rather embarrassingly one-sided defeat to Manny Pacquiao last November, and was not exactly given a warm reaction when announced as Khan's next opponent. Khan seems to have all the stylistic advantages in this fight, as he does what Algieri does, only better.
But Khan has fallen short before in fights where he was the more talented or skilled of the two fighters, and there's potentially a lot at stake here.