AMIR Khan believes a rematch with Breidis Prescott, the only fighter to have dented his unbeaten record, is on the cards for later this year.
The 22-year-old, fresh from his fifth round stoppage over Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera, has been earmarked for a world title shot by the end of the year, but first of all Khan wants to avenge his embarrassing first round stoppage to the Colombian, pictured, last September.
The defeat forced the Bolton boxer to reinvent himself by joining world-renowned trainer Freddie Roach at his Los Angeles Wild Card Gym.
That move has proved decisive in resurrecting his career, but Khan will not be satisfield until he lays the ghost of that defeat by Prescott.
“I won’t make the same mistake again,” Khan said. “I want to fight him again and it is a serious possibility. I have spoken to my promoter Frank Warren about it.”
Khan will spend a few days doing media and charity work before he takes a well-earned break. Then its back to pounding the hills around Hollywood and possibly helping Manny Pacquiao prepare for his world title showdown with Rick Hatton in May.
Roach, who coaches both boxers, wants Khan to spar with the Filippino to sharpen him up for the big fight, but a deep cut just above Khan’s eye, which he received in the first round clash of heads with Barrera, could prevent that from happening.
“My cut is more than an inch long and quite deep, but I had Dean Powell, a brilliant cutsman in my corner and he stemmed the flow of blood. Barrera did not have one in his corner which I don’t understand.”
Not surprisingly, Khan is bristling with confidence after his win over the Mexican, where he displayed his usual lightning hand speed, but also a much tighter defence.
That has been developed after just 12 weeks at Roach’s gym and can only get better with every fight.
Khan, who will fight again in June, said it was boring being away for six weeks with his phone switched off and not doing anything but training, but he will do whatever it takes to get to the top.
“I am dedicated and want to be a world champion,” he added. “It is boring being away from my friends, but I realised that just training and doing nothing else meant I could preserve my energy for the next day’s training.”