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Amir Khan targets Timothy Bradley or Devon Alexander

Khan sets sights on Mayweather Jr

Amir Khan is targeting a unification fight with Devon Alexander or Timothy Bradley in 2011 before taking on Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2012.

Bolton's Khan defended his WBA light-welterweight title against Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas last Saturday.

WBO light-welterweight champion Bradley takes on WBC title-holder Alexander in the United States on 29 January.

"I want to unify the division and there are still a few names I want to clean up at light-welterweight," said Khan.

Khan, 24, hopes to fight three times next year and after his thrilling points victory over Argentine Maidana his reputation as one of the most exciting fighters in the world has greatly increased.

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That will improve his chances of meeting the unbeaten Mayweather, who until recently was regarded as the world's best pound-for-pound boxer.

American Mayweather retired in 2007 after defeating Britain's Ricky Hatton but made a comeback in 2009.

Since then he has only fought twice - beating Juan Manuel Marquez and Shane Mosley.

"If I want to fight the likes of Mayweather and other big names out there then I have to beat the Maidanas and other people who come in the way," said Khan.

"These are the fights that are going to take me to the next level and the next level now for me is the elite level, the likes of Mayweather."

Looking back at his brutal victory in Vegas, Khan added: "It was a brilliant experience for me because my dream has always been to fight in Vegas.

"To go there and do what I did, to have a great fight there and for it to be probably one of the best fights of the year, was brilliant."

The 2004 Olympic silver medallist is the first to admit he is not yet ready for Mayweather but he is confident he is heading in the right direction under revered trainer Freddie Roach.

"Right now I know I can go in that fight and probably go the distance but maybe fall short because of experience," he said.

"In another three or four fights I'll be ready for Floyd Mayweather. By then the experience, the speed, the power and the maturity will be there. It's a fight that all the fans want to see and it will be made in 2012 I think.

"We don't want to make it too early as I want to peak and be in the best condition and if it's made I'm the sort to grab it with both hands. I'll make sure I go into that fight and win that fight."



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