By Trevor McIntyre: Amir Khan says he and WBA ‘regular’ welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao have signed to fight on November 8. Khan says the fight with Pacquiao will be taking place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This is the same place where Khan defeated former featherweight world champion Billy Dib last Friday night.
Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) will be facing Keith Thurman this Saturday night on Fox Sports pay-per-view in Las Vegas, Nevada. Khan says it doesn’t matter if Pacquiao loses to Thurman. He believes their fight on November 8 will still take place.
Khan says the Saudi representatives want to bring him back to their country, and it’s too hard for him to turn the big money he’s being offered. For Khan’s recent mismatch against Dib, he received close to $9 million. The fight wasn’t remotely competitive.
Khan: Pacquiao has signed to fight on Nov.8 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Dillian Whyte beats Oscar Rivas says Khan
“I like Dillian [Whyte] in that one,” said Khan about this Saturday’s fight between Whyte and Oscar Rivas at the O2 Arena in London. “I think Dillian is a really strong fighter. He hits very, very hard. If he catches Rivas early, who is the smaller guy in this fight, I think he’ll put him away. Rivas is a complete fighter as well. He’s a good name to have. I think it’s going to be a tough fight for the both of them,” said Khan.
Heavyweight Dillian Whyte (25-1, 18 KOs) is fighting Oscar Rivas (26-0, 18 KOs) this Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England. The interim WBC heavyweight title will be on the line for this one. Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing says the World Boxing Council’s resolution for Whyte is that he’s going to be the mandatory for WBC champion Deontay Wilder if he beats Rivas. Wilder will have until May 18 to defend against him. If Rivas beats Whyte, Hearn is going to be out of luck. All the wasted time that Whyte put into going after a title shot against Wilder will have been for nothing. Whyte should have taken the title shot against former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Khan predicts David Price beats Dave Allen
“I like David Price, because I’ve known him for a long time,” said Khan in discussing the Dave Allen vs. Price fight. “He won his last fight [against Kash Ali]. He looked decent in his last fight. Obviously, he wants to get his confidence back again. He’s up there as one of the top heavyweights in Britain. I think he’ll [Price] pull it off, and put in a great performance. If he wins, it, I think it’ll put him in a good position to go for a world title fight,” said Khan.
British heavyweight David Price (24-6, 19 KOs) has a tough fight on his hands against domestic level slugger Dave Allen (17-4-2, 14 KOs) this Saturday night on the Whyte-Rivas undercard. Price, 35, isn’t willing to admit it, but his career is on the line for all intents and purposes. If he loses this fight, it’s the end of the road for him. Thus far, Price has been losing to contenders in the top 15 at the world level. But, getting beaten by Allen would be a crushing blow to the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Price’s career.