Former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton believes British compatriot Amir Khan could be the man to dethrone Floyd Mayweather as boxing's pound-for-pound king.
Khan has been seeking a showdown with Mayweather for nearly two years, but the American WBC and WBA welterweight champion has spurned the Bolton fighter's advances at every turn.
That does not come as a surprise to Hatton, who believes Khan's blurring punches and rapid movement could be the key to handing Mayweather his first professional defeat.
I think Floyd would run a mile from Amir Khan, not because of a fear factor, but because styles make fights," Hatton said in several national newspapers.
Amir is boxing with a lot more discipline lately, he's in and out and he's not getting involved. I think that type of style will cause Floyd massive problems.
But, when you're the best, pound-for-pound, like Floyd Mayweather - and Amir's as big a name as is out there, he's beaten pretty much everyone - he might be forced to fight Amir Khan.
He might be running out of opponents. I say this all the time, and everybody laughs at me: I think he's got a good chance of beating him.
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Amir Khan has promised to end British boxer Kell Brook's career, but warned his rivals he will have to wait.
Khan, who has fought just twice in the last two years, is set to name his next opponent in the coming days but says he would love a clash with Brook at some stage.
However, the Bolton man is in no hurry to face his compatriot, with both boxers still holding out hope of taking on either Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao, who meet each other on May 2.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Khan said:
I'd love to go in the ring and fight Kell Brook because it could be his last fight against me, because the thing is I would give him so much of a beating that it could end up being his last fight.
And maybe that's why he wants it, because he knows that one fight against me will financially secure him for the rest of his life.
But it's all about timing. If I've got a different route and I want to face the likes of the Mayweathers or Pacquiaos out there, then Kell Brook will have to wait.
Amir Khan and Jordan Henderson taught each other little tricks of their trades for a new MaxiNutrition viral.
The Liverpool midfielder showed Khan how to bend a free-kick around the wall and into the top corner, while the Bolton boxer showed Henderson some tidy combinations on the pads.
The video was tweeted by Khan hours after Joey Barton accused Henderson of "trying to be a Steven Gerrard clone."
There's only one way to sort it out. Fight!
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Amir Khan's plans to travel to America this weekend have been halted after his visa application was declined.
The 27-year-old was due to fly to Las Vegas to attend Floyd Mayweather's fight with Marcos Maidana on Saturday, and had used his Twitter account to advertise promotional duties he would be carrying out while there.
His bid to do so was thwarted, though, with the welterweight saying his visa application had been declined.
Visa to America was declined after i had it approved a week ago. Was looking forward to the fight. Means I'm still in England.
It was reported that Khan had asked Prime Minister David Cameron for assistance.
Khan has had difficulties travelling to America before. In 2010 he had to train in Canada after visa delays, while in 2011 he claimed he was held in Los Angeles customs for over two hours because he is a Muslim.
The Bolton fighter is eager to be present at Mayweather's rematch with Maidana, as he attempts to persuade the world's number-one pound-for-pounder boxer to give him a 2015 fight.
Claims former world champion boxer Amir Khan assaulted two youths in his hometown of Bolton last week have been dropped, Greater Manchester Police have said.
The 27-year-old two-time world champion and Olympic silver medallist was arrested in the early hours of Friday morning over two allegations of common assault.
He had been released on bail pending further enquiries but today police confirmed no further action will be taken after the allegations were withdrawn.
A spokesman for Mr Khan described the incident as "a misunderstanding between Amir Khan and two other youths".
He added: "On Monday July 7, Amir was notified by the police that the allegations against him had been withdrawn and the matter would not be pursued any further."
On Friday, police arrested the former two-time champion and light welterweight and questioned him for several hours
He was released on bail the same day.
Boxer Amir Khan has tweeted that he is home with his family adding that "nobody got beat up". He was arrested over an alleged assault allegation.
All nonsense please don't believe what you read. I'm home with my family and nobody got beat up
Amir Khan is "expecting the case to be dropped" after he was arrested in connection with an assault, a spokesperson for the boxer said.
"It was a minor incident and we're expecting the case to be dropped against Amir," they said. "We're expecting to formally hear that from police on Monday morning."
The 27 year old was alleged to have been involved in an dispute with two 19-year-old men who both suffered minor injuries.