Khan’s name missing from WBC’s rankings

By Daily Sports on May 20, 2017

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Amir “King” Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) has been removed from the World Boxing Council’s top 15 rankings this week after 1 year of inactivity. Khan, 30, last fought on May 7, 2016 in getting knocked cold in the 7th round by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a fight televised on HBO PPV. Khan subsequently had hand surgery that required him to stay out of the ring to heal.

Khan had talked at length about fighting in April in a tune-up fight. Khan even turned down a big money fight against Kell Brook because he was interested in taking a tune-up. The latest news from the Khan front is he’ll be returning in a big fight near the end of the year against a top fighter.

It’s unclear who that would be. In the meantime, the WBC has dropped Khan from the No.2 spot that he’d been at.
Before that, Khan was ranked No.1 with the WBC. Khan was in the perfect spot to challenge WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia before he fought WBA champion Keith Thurman in a unification fight. It would have been perfect if Khan and Garcia had fought each other.

The fight would have attracted a great deal of interest from the boxing community. Khan had also said that he would be interested in fighting Thurman if he got past Garcia. However, we haven’t heard much from Khan about wanting to face Thurman now that he’s beaten Garcia. I heard a lot of crickets chirping but nothing from Khan about wanting to fight Thurman now that he’s gotten past Thurman.

The WBC’s current top 15 at welterweight:

1.       Shawn Porter
2.       Danny Garcia
3.       Jessie Vargas
4.       Konstantin Ponomarev
5.       Adrien Broner
6.       Carlos Molina
7.       Quadratillo Aduqaxorov
8.       Lucas Matthysse
9.       Ray Robinson
10.     Andre Berto
11.     Sam Eggingon
12.     Ceferino Rodriguez
13.     Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo
14.     Kerman Lejarraga
15.     Dmitry Mikhaylenko

From the rankings, Danny Garcia has taken Khan’s former #2 spot in the World Boxing Council’s rankings. Garcia lost his WBC welterweight title last March in a close 12 round decision loss to Thurman. The WBC was good enough to keep Garcia in their top 15 and not remove him entirely from the rankings like we saw with the International Boxing Federation after Shawn Porter lost his IBF welterweight title to Kell Brook by a narrow 12 round majority decision.

*Photo shows Amir Khan.

Source Daily Sports

Posted May 20, 2017


 

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