Ever since Cathedral City’s Timothy Bradley turned down a fight with Amir Khan, he has been bashing the Desert Storm. That’s what all boxers do, and Khan had a lot of ammunition. Bradley looked bad turning down the fight. He said he wanted the fight to marinade and felt it was too soon to make the fight against Khan. At that time, Khan and Bradley were the undisputed top fighters in the division and it would be a big fight.
But Khan kept proclaiming himself the cash cow of the division. For turning down the fight, Khan threatened that he would never offer so much to Bradley if he comes looking for a fight.
Bradley seems to be doing OK without Khan now that he’s signed with Top Rank.
From what I could gather, Khan’s two fights in Vegas were disappointments at the box office, based on whatI saw from other beat writers online and on Twitter.
Then I hear Khan’s next fight is against Lamont Peterson, but it’s not in Vegas or New York. It’s in Washington D.C. Nothing wrong with that, as Washington is a major city. But this is Lamont Peterson’s hometown. Since when does a champion, who claims to be a cash cow, have to go into someone’s hometown for a title defense? But that’s what Khan is doing. Basically, Khan is accepting he will have second billing to Lamont Peterson. Does that make sense for a cash cow?
Remember, Khan was going to throw in a large portion of his shares to make the fight with Bradley after he turned it down the first time. That included half of the international television market that was in the neighborhood of $500,000 for Bradley.
Maybe Khan just isn’t the attraction he claims he is.
Don’t get me wrong, Khan is one of the big names in the sport and he rightfully deserves to be recognized as one of the top-10 fighters in the world. But a large part of this business is buzz, and despite Khan’s fight, he’s not as big an attraction as he should be. What Khan has had was decent promotion by Golden Boy, while Bradley has had some questionable moves from his former promoters.
But you would think that if Khan is a big attraction, he could have secured the Floyd Mayweather fight next. Khan said his fight in December will be his last at 140 before he moves up in class to challenge Mayweather. Why not now? I know the Golden Boy people are pushing for a rematch between Mayweather and Victor Ortiz, but who really wants to see that fight again? Victor didn’t do enough in that fight that warrents a second look. So why not Khan? Maybe Mayweather sees what Bradley saw — that Khan doesn’t bring enough to the table.
Go by his action (and not their words) and Khan seems to be proving Bradley right. Bradley has said he will fight Khan, but the money has to be better than what was offered, even if it was the most Bradley would make at the time. Bradley might be doing both of them a favor by not undervaluing their talents.
But the Khan-Peterson fight will be a terrific matchup. Although Bradley dominated Peterson, the D.C. native is a tough customer. Despite getting knocked down, he hung in and earned a draw against Ortiz, and fought to the finish against Bradley. Peterson will keep coming, he’s young and he’s hungry. And credit to Khan for fighting a very tough opponent in Peterson, rather than WBC title holder Erik Morales, who is a champion by reputation, not merit.
If Khan wins that fight, he will deserve a lot of credit and his reputation will rightly grow. Maybe if Khan does have a great performance, he claims of being a cash cow won’t be hot air.