The worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts are never far apart. They seem to run parallel but also in quite different directions. If you ask UFC president Dana White, he’ll tell you boxing is dying, equally if Bob Arum’s recent comments are anything to go by, the UFC is ‘full of corruption and steroids.’ Yet still the two sports are eternally linked in one way or another, mostly in a competitive nature.
When boxers like James Toney make a move in to MMA, we tend to take it with a pound of salt, but when you hear about guys like Amir Khan, it’s no longer a freak show attraction. The former world welterweight champion from Bolton, England has teased joining the UFC in the past, but in recent days has really began substantiating these reports. Either that, or he’s playing the ‘Mayweather game.’
Via BBC.co.uk, Amir Khan says he’s ready for a big fight with UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor:
“McGregor is a massive name in MMA and I’m a big name in boxing, so, globally, I think it would be a massive fight,”
“I don’t think Mayweather would want to fight under MMA rules, I’ve been fighting all my life, so, for me, I don’t think it’d be a problem for me to learn and switch over to the sport,”
Unlike Mayweather’s rumoured fight with McGregor, Khan has some legitimate involvement with the sport of MMA. He’s co-owner of the Indian MMA promotion ‘Super Fight League,’ and is now massively teasing his switch to mixed martial arts competition. Although he lost in his most recent boxing bout with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, it’s well-known that the jump to face the much bigger middleweight for the title was extremely risky.
Check out the latest social media posts from ‘King Khan’ in relation to the UFC and McGregor:
Let's hope Connor v Diaz goes the way we think. Connor we need you to win! @thenotoriousMMA
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) July 21, 2016
— 7DAYS Sport (@7DAYSSPORT) July 20, 2016
— Kris Fade (@krisfade) July 20, 2016
With the UFC world title. UFC training has started ???? pic.twitter.com/5DIKkQlm5R
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) July 20, 2016