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Amir Khan hopes to make his US debut against Malignaggi

Amir Khan
Bolton's Amir Khan turned professional in 2005

Britain's WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan is aiming to make his US debut against Paulie Malignaggi.

Khan turned his attentions to American Malignaggi after Juan Manuel Marquez reportedly rejected an offer to fight.

And the 23-year-old now hopes to take on Malignaggi - who lost to Ricky Hatton in 2008 - at New York's Madison Square Garden on 15 May.

"We want to hear what he thinks about the fight," said Khan. "I think there is a very good chance of it happening."

Rumours of Khan's next opponent have been rife since he left Frank Warren and linked up with American promoters Golden Boy in January.


Both Marcos Maidana - the mandatory challenger for his WBA light-welterweight title - and Marquez have been mooted as potential candidates.

But having already made one mandatory defence with a 76-second stoppage against Dmitriy Salita in December, Khan is looking to take on a big name as he looks to make a splash in the United States.

With Marquez believed to have rejected an offer to fight on Wednesday, however, the Bolton-born fighter has now turned his attentions to the man Hatton beat two years ago.

"We were looking at Marquez, who pulled out, so it's Malignaggi up to now," added Khan. "Golden Boy have put the fight to his promoter Lou DiBella, so we will see where we go from here.

"I want to fight him in his home town (New York) and beat him in his home town in front of his own people.

"The fight has not been made 100% yet but I think there is a very good chance of it happening.

"When it does happen, I'm just going to go in there and do what I normally do and I really think Malignaggi has a style which is going to make me look good.

"He's not at my level. He has a few good wins in America, but it's another fight for me and I'll go there and do what I have to do."

Khan revealed there were several other names on his list, including Nate Campbell, Victor Ortiz and, in the future, Maidana.

The Athens 2004 Olympic silver medal winner also refused to rule out a fight with Hatton, who is also promoted by Golden Boy in America.

Hatton, who many expected to retire after being knocked out by Manny Pacquiao in May, announced his intention to return to the ring last month.

"I get a lot of questions from people asking when I am going to fight Ricky Hatton," Khan said. "Ricky is a friend of mine and if it was on the table, I'm one of those fighters who would grab it, I'd take the fight.

"But I really think that if I was Ricky Hatton, I'd call it a day. He has made his name in British boxing, so he should just relax.

"But if he wants to fight back, then Amir Khan is here as a world champion and I think it would be a big fight for British boxing."

see also
Warren 'gutted' at Khan departure
25 Jan 10 |  Boxing
Khan signs deal with Golden Boy
17 Jan 10 |  Boxing
Confident Khan targets US success
06 Dec 09 |  Boxing
Ruthless Khan demolishes Salita
05 Dec 09 |  Boxing
Roach holds key to Khan future
06 Dec 09 |  Boxing
Emphatic Khan claims world title
18 Jul 09 |  Boxing
Khan knocked out in first round
06 Sep 08 |  Boxing
Slick Hatton defeats Malignaggi
23 Nov 08 |  Boxing

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