Austin Trout Calls Out Amir Khan?!
It appears that former WBA “regular” super welterweight world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (32-5-1, 18 KO’s) has made his mind up to division hop. Rather than move up, however, Trout thinks it’d be more strategic to mosey on down and tangle with the elite of the welterweight division.
By his calculations, the swiftest route to that goal is straight through Amir “King” Khan (34-5, 21 KO’s). At least its what Trout recently declared to TMZ.
Trout is one year and one fight removed from a very fortuitous ruling of draw in his May 25, 2019 bout with Terrell Gausha (21-1-1, 10 KO’s). It was lucky to receive the draw because most individuals who witnessed the dust-up walked away thinking that Gausha deserved the nod.
I CHOOSE YOU!
Since that time, Trout took on and knocked out Rosbel Montoya (17-10-1, 13 KO’s) in two rounds. Interestingly, Montoya was 1-7 in his previous eight fights. In fact, prior to his lonely win in 2018, Rosbel Montoya hadn’t claimed a win since 2011.
So despite his Gausha performance, and last opponent being shaky as an epileptic in an earthquake, Trout believes now is the time to work his hand at 147.
“Well absolutely I am trying to make my way to 147. The last fight I weighed in at 149. I felt, felt strong; I would like to have a test of endurance. Amir Khan is a good name, he is a good fighter, he is respected but at the same time to, in my opinion, he is very beatable. I just need one!”
“He is fast and all that good stuff, but I am going to be able to bully him in my opinion. I think he doesn’t believe that, so hopefully he takes the fight and I can prove him wrong.”
IN YA OWN BACKYARD
Going a step beyond merely calling Khan out, if given his way, Trout even has the ideal event for them to trade leather.
“I’d say, ‘Amir Khan, me and you should fight on the Joshua-Fury under-card 2021. That gives you plenty of time to do what you need to do, chin-ups, sit-ups! But it’s a great stage, it’s going to be in your hometown, so I’ll go across the pond. You really have nothing to lose but that fight.’”
In somewhat of a surprise, rather than poking fun at King Khan’s mercilessly teased chin, No Doubt actually came to his defense.
“Well look, I am going to come and defend Amir Khan’s chin. Canelo is a super middleweight now, Amir Khan is a light welterweight for real. So you can’t base his chin on that.
“I like to take this back to the Amir Khan versus Marcos Maidana fight. Now Amir took some shots, some shots I don’t think even Floyd would have taken.
“With all that being said, I ain’t no Marcos Maidana, nor am I any 147 pounder and I will break that chin in true 154lbs fashion. But his chin gets respect, he’s been in there with some of the top names in the sport.”
Now we’ll have to see if Khan takes the generally respectful bait. Stay tuned to 3kingsboxing.com for all the latest boxing updates an news.
By: Bakari Simpson