SPORTSDESK COMMENT with Daniel Gregory: King Khan can follow Prince into the Hall of Fame
Much in the style of the flashy Prince Naseem Hamed, Amir Khan will don a pair of gold-threaded £20,000 shorts for his make-or-break clash with Devon Alexander in the early hours of Sunday morning.
And for me it’s simple. Win on Saturday night and Khan takes the first step on the road to Hall of Fame reckoning alongside Naz, who was inducted last week.
Khan faces the classy Alexander a year on from when their first fight was postponed by the Brit, who had been promised a fight against pound-for-pound number one Floyd Mayweather.
Like him or loathe him, you have to hand it to Khan, he hasn’t taken the easy road to the top end of a star-studded welterweight division.
Khan has fought the best about and has been knocking on the door of arguably the best of all time, Mayweather, for some time now.
Yes, he was erratic and got involved in a dust-up with Lamont Peterson in a fight that he ought to have won but was on the wrong end of a stinker by the judges ringside, and he was caught by hard-hitting Danny Garcia and earlier Breidis Prescott, but he continues to bounce back and fight the best.
At the age of 28 he has already beaten Marco Antonio Barrera, Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi and Marcos Maidana, as well as his best performance to date on his return to the ring earlier this year against the dangerous Luis Collazo.
Yes, Khan will be remembered for his weak chin after his KO defeats against Garcia and Collazo, but he undoubtedly has the ability to go on and test Mayweather in 2015, and there’s also the small matter of a mouthwatering domestic tear-up with Kell Brook to take care of too.
Look at some of the names in the welterweight division at present and you can only see Khan being involved in big, big fights.
Mayweather and Brook beckon, but don’t forget his former stablemate Manny Pacquiao, Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.
It will be a tricky bout for Khan in Las Vegas this week, but should he pass the test, he can go on to achieve greatness in the sport, just like Naz.