Khan-Broner a non-starter

  • Last Updated: March 6 2014, 19:51 GMT

Amir Khan's trainer expects his charge to announce his next fight within a week but has revealed it will not be against Adrien Broner.

Adrien Broner: Won't be fighting Amir Khan in the near future
Adrien Broner: Won't be fighting Amir Khan in the near future

The Bolton fighter was left high and dry for an opponent last week when pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather opted to snub him and instead face Marcos Maidana in a unification welterweight title fight on May 3.

The unbeaten Mayweather is expected to comfortably beat Maidana, who earned his opportunity with a surprise victory over then-WBA champion Broner.

And the American promised Khan a shot if he could emulate Maidana's achievement in defeating Broner - although the Briton labelled his foe "full of s***".

Khan and Broner have subsequently traded insults over Twitter, leading to speculation a bout between the pair would be organised, but Virgil Hunter has poured cold water on the suggestion.

"People talk in this business but I can assure you it won't be Adrien Broner. You'll be happy in the next few days and get clarity on the whole situation," he said on Sky Sports News.

Hunter added he expects Khan to eventually settle the score with Mayweather, who chose to fight Maidana despite the Argentinian losing to Khan three years ago.

"Yes, it's going to definitely happen, I'm very confident of that through circles that I speak to, and people who are speaking in that matter are very true to their word," Hunter said.

Former WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion Khan has not fought in nearly a year and looked shaky in his last bout, where he eked out a narrow points decision win over the unfancied Julio Diaz.

But Hunter believes there will be a noticeable improvement in Khan, whom he believes will turn heads by stepping up a division to the welterweight limit.

"He's truly made some great strides and progress. Some of the things that I felt he needed to correct, he's corrected them and he's enhanced his profile quite handsomely," Hunter added, after being impressed by Khan in training camps.

"We're happy and we're ready to turn him loose and I think everyone will be quite surprised at how he's developed and grown into the welterweight that he is and the performance that he'll put on the night that he'll fight."


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