Amir Khan has hit out at Floyd Mayweather for ‘failing to keep his word’ over their scheduled fight in May.
The Bolton-born brawler knew the bout was in doubt despite having signed his part of the agreement – and despite winning an online fan poll.
The 27-year-old said he was disappointed with the lack of communication from the multiple world champion and that Mayweather ignored his fans’ advice.
“It has been a very frustrating period as I’d been due to fight in December against Devon Alexander, however, I was strongly advised to not take this fight as I would be facing Floyd this May – and therefore signed my side of the contract on this belief,” he said in a statement.
“Floyd was keen to engage with the fans and so decided to let them choose who he should fight in his next bout.
“I clearly won his official poll, by a significant margin, but for unknown reasons he decided to ignore the fans vote and failed to keep his word.”
The welterweight said he wished Mayweather and his chosen opponent Marcos Maidana well but emphasised the he is now focused on his next fight which will be announced shortly.
“I’ve been training very hard since my last fight. I’m a fighter who wants to face the very best out there and have never ducked any opponent,” he continued.
“I’m focused and ready for my next outing – we currently have a few options on the table at the moment and my team are working alongside Golden Boy Promotions to announce my next fight within the next 10 days.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring and am determined to put on a great show for my loyal fans who have waited a long time to see me back in action – and I’m very excited about what’s yet to come this year.“
Picture courtesy of Asim Saeed, with thanks.