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Frustrated Khan on verge of welterweight move

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Amir Khan may finally move up to welterweight © PA Photos
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Amir Khan has hinted he is on the verge of finally making his long-anticipated move up to welterweight, saying he could be just one fight from meeting Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Khan, who fought at a 143-pound catchweight for his last fight against Julio Diaz, had been expected to remain at light-welterweight until at least the end of 2013 - with an intriguing revenge match-up against either Lamont Peterson or Danny Garcia widely tipped to occur towards the end of the year.

A move up to the 147lb welterweight limit has also been touted as in the 26-year-old's future, however, with a potentially lucrative meeting with Mayweather incentive enough to step into the division before too long.

And it now appears Khan could make that jump immediately - possibly with a meeting against Devon Alexander, the IBF champion Kell Brook was long due to fight - as the prospect of a Garcia or Peterson meeting recedes.

"Going up to welterweight and fighting Devon Alexander is a possibility," Khan told BoxNation. "It seems the fights at light-welterweight with Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson are not getting made.

"I am not going to wait around for them because one day they will move up. I am getting big for the weight and I am just going to see what [Golden Boy promoter] Richard Schaefer says when we meet.

"I could be one fight away from the Mayweather fight if things go to plan."

Khan believes he has the skills to really threaten Mayweather, should the pair meet. The American extended his unbeaten professional record to 44 with a clinical dismissal of Roberto Guerrero on Saturday.

"To beat Floyd you have to beat him at his own game…you have to use speed," Khan added. "Of all the fighters who can face him I would have a chance because of my speed.

"I have got the speed and the ability that can cope with him."

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