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Vyacheslav Senchenko snubs April bout with Bolton boxer Amir Khan after weight dispute

By Ed Owen

Amir Khan’s hopes of taking on Ricky Hatton’s conqueror Vycheslav Senchenko have been dashed after a disagreement over the fighting weight.

The Ukrainian refused to fight at Khan’s preferred weight of 144lb, forcing the 26-year-old light-welterweight to consider other options for his slated April 20 contest.   

And despite rumours of a London-based fight, Khan’s US paymasters Showtime hope the Bolton-born boxer will stay Stateside and accessible to the lucrative American market.

Richard Schaefer, CEO of Khan’s promoters Golden Boy, explained: “Showtime is open to doing a fight from England, but the question will then be the licence fee and the opponent.

 “When Amir entered into the multi-fight deal, it was tied to some pretty big names – but if you are fighting in the UK, it doesn’t make sense for the big names because of the time difference.

“The fee for an overseas fight will be less, so we are talking about it.”

Khan had hoped to avenge his friend Hatton, but following Senchenko’s withdrawal will consider Mexicans Humberto Soto and Pablo Cesar Cano for a potential bout.

His record rose to 27-3-0 (19 KOs) after December’s demolition of previously unbeaten Mexican Carlos Molina, and the former champion will hope to maintain his momentum.

The April fight will be Khan’s second with new coach Virgil Hunter, who replaced Freddie Roach after the devastating fourth-round knockout defeat to welterweight king Danny Garcia last July.

If the mercurial speed merchant can triumph this spring, he could put himself in a commanding position to demand a rematch against the man who took his titles.

And with Garcia rumoured to be close to cancelling his April title fight against Zab Judah, Khan may yet see this dream become a reality.

Picture courtesy of manfromuncle1, with thanks

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