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Khan would not rule out Ricky Hatton fight

ESPN staff
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Amir Khan has revealed he would be open to the prospect of fighting Ricky Hatton, if the retired Brit was to step back into the ring.

Khan would not go chasing a battle with the former world champion, admitting there are other rivals he would prefer to face. However, if the numbers made sense - which they undoubtedly would for the all-British match-up - Khan says he would not turn it down.

The light-welterweight is still licking his wounds after his fourth-round loss to Danny Garcia, whom he wants to rematch in December. However, the Garcia camp has previously ruled out such an option, so names like Hatton come into play.

"I don't think Ricky will want to fight us," Khan said. "I try to avoid the Ricky fight but you never know. It'd be a huge British fight and I don't think we've had a British fight like that.

"It would be bigger than the Dereck [Chisora] and David [Haye] fight but who knows? For the moment I'm more focused on the Garcia fight because what burns me is that you know you made a mistake and you know what mistake you made."

The sight of Hatton back in a gym has raised expectations of a comeback for the 33-year-old, but a spokesman for the Hitman hinted a more likely option might be that he trains Khan in the future. Khan has recently confessed he may look to move away from current mentor Freddie Roach.

"A lot of people just see Hatton the boxer as opposed to Hatton the trainer and, bearing in mind he's just got his first European champion in Sergey Rabchenko and he's only been at it for six months and he's got a European champion already, who knows?" Hatton's spokesman said.

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