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Amir Khan will fight twice in 2013 after Showtime deal

Khan will fight twice in 2013 with first bout in April after striking Showtime deal

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UPDATED:

20:29 GMT, 18 December 2012

Amir Khan will return to the ring in April – and fight just twice next year – after signing a deal with Showtime in the United States.

The 26-year-old ended a run of two successive defeats by stopping Carlos Molina last Saturday and could target rematches with Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson in 2013.

Molina was retired by his corner after the tenth round having suffered a nasty cut around his left eye during the fight in Los Angeles.

Signed up: Amir Khan (left) will fight twice in 2013 after deal with Showtime

Signed up: Amir Khan (left) will fight twice in 2013 after deal with Showtime

‘It was offered to us and to Amir, and we liked the terms and decided to do it,’ Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told ESPN. ‘We want to do big fights with Amir and so does Showtime.

‘There could be a rematch with Danny Garcia, but there are also other big names.

‘Maybe a rematch with Lamont Peterson, maybe a Victor Ortiz, Devon Alexander or Andre Berto, when Amir moves up to welterweight.’

Khan’s schedule has been designed to fit around his wedding in April and to allow him to observe Ramadan.

Timetables: Khan's schedule operates around his wedding and Ramadan

Timetables: Khan's schedule operates around his wedding and Ramadan

Schaefer also confirmed that Khan’s hands were not fractured following his emphatic victory.

‘He got his hands checked out because they were swollen, but nothing seems to be broken,’ he added.

‘He is excited about the deal and we discussed some of the different possibilities for him next year.’

Kell Brook world title fight with Devon Alexander pencilled in for February or March

Brook world title fight back on: Alexander showdown pencilled in for February or March

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UPDATED:

22:08 GMT, 13 December 2012

Rising British star Kell Brook has been given a provisional New Year date for a big world title fight in America.

Golden Boy promotions are pencilling in either February 23 or March 2 as the rescheduled date for the injured Brook’s challenge to welterweight champion Devon Alexander in Los Angeles.

Date with destiny: The Sheffield boxer will get his world title shot in February or March

Date with destiny: The Sheffield boxer will get his world title shot in February or March

Unbeaten: Brook has won all 29 of his professional fights with 19 knockouts

Unbeaten: Brook has won all 29 of his professional fights with 19 knockouts

Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn told BBC 5 Live: ‘Kell could have fought as planned next month but would only have been about 60 per cent fit after injury his ankle and missing road running.

'He is a little down in the dumps but in order to do himself justice, he can't fight on that day.

'I didn't want hundreds or thousands of Brits booking their flights to America and losing out.

'There's no way after all the work we've done, we can let a 60 per cent Kell Brook go into what is a 50/50 fight.

'It's not a terrible injury; he
turned it in Fuerteventura and he can't exert himself as well as the
strength and science guys want him to.'

Hearn continued: ‘We would prefer March 2 to give him more time to be 100 per cent for a fight as tough and important as this one.

'If it was up to Kell Brook, he'd fight but I have to intervene and listen to the experts.You cannot go out to America if you have any doubts in your mind.

'New York comes back into play and they're also talking about Detroit. We don't mind where we go but what does matter is that Kell is ready for the biggest fight of his life.'

Nathan Cleverly fight with Ryan Coyne in doubt over Don King dispute

Cleverly fight is not going to happen, claims Coyne after contract dispute with 'evil' King

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UPDATED:

11:19 GMT, 25 October 2012

Nathan Cleverly's world title defence against Ryan Coyne is in jeopardy because of a contractual dispute between the American and his former promoter Don King.

Coyne was expected to challenge for Cleverly's WBO light-heavyweight belt on a Golden Boy Promotions show in LA on November 10, but the 30-year-old revealed King's intervention has all but scuppered the fight.

'I am sorry to toss a monkey wrench in things, but my fight with Nathan Cleverly is not going to happen,' Coyne told World Boxing News.

Dispute: Cleverly's title fight with Coyne is in jeopardy

Dispute: Cleverly's title fight with Coyne is in jeopardy

'This is purely because of the spite of an evil zealot named Don King.

'I personally am 100 per cent ready to go forward with this fight and I can't wait to oppose Nathan Cleverly next month, but Don threatened the WBO and Frank Warren with a lawsuit and that seems to be that.

'In my eyes, my contract with him expired, but he is now claiming an extension and due to his threats to great promoters like Frank Warren and Golden Boy, it is a dreadful situation that has cost me dearly.'

'Evil': Coyne has hit out at his former promoter King

'Evil': Coyne has hit out at his former promoter King

Cleverly's promoter Warren confirmed to Sportsmail that the issue was ongoing, but insisted Cleverly will be fighting at the Staples Centre.

He said: 'Nathan will definitely be fighting there on that date and hopefully it will be against Ryan, but we'll see what happens. 'I hope to know more later in the day.'

Cleverly was initially due to make the fourth defence of title against Vyacheslav Uzelkov in Cardiff on 27 October, but dropped the Ukrainian in favour of Stateside exposure.

Paolo Di Canio to stay at Swindon after "positive" talks with new chairman

Di Canio vows to stay at Swindon after 'positive' talks with new chairman

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UPDATED:

13:08 GMT, 23 October 2012

Paolo Di Canio has confirmed he is staying at Swindon after showdown talks with new chairman Sir William Patey.

The Italian was considering his
position after Jeremy Wray – the man behind Di Canio's appointment – was
replaced by Patey on the orders of majority shareholder Andrew Black.

Positive: Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio

Positive: Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio

Di Canio insisted he would need 'reassurances' from the board that they were committed to his plans.

After meeting with Patey, Di Canio told BBC Wiltshire: 'The words that he said to me are more than positive.'

He continued: 'After we spent an hour together, even if I was angry from the game [against Scunthorpe], I was happy thinking about what he said to me about the future and about me.

'I can't wait. We have to think that from now we can work for the future.'

Swindon were placed under a Football League transfer embargo earlier this month after they exceeded the fixed wage and fee cap, which can only be 65% of a club's turnover.

However, Di Canio hit out at the board, suggesting they no longer supported his goal of securing back-to-back promotions, and Patey's appointment prompted concerns the former Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham and Charlton striker might follow Wray out of the County Ground.

Manager Paolo Di Canio of Swindon

He added: 'I will keep going but I wanted to be sure. I said some words to make an alert, an alarm about what was going on.

'Some people can take the lines that I am only loyal to Jeremy; I am loyal to Jeremy but I am loyal to the project he proposed to me on the first day.

'The new chairman is committed and there is also the environment around me, which is the club and the fans.

'With Jeremy I can go out for dinner every day for the rest of my life and say thanks, but there is a job.

'I will keep going but I wanted to be sure. I said some words to make an alert, an alarm about what was going on.'

Ricky Hatton confirms boxing return for November 24 at Manchester Arena

This is more than a comeback! Hitman Hatton confirms November return to the ring with home fight at Manchester Arena

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UPDATED:

12:21 GMT, 14 September 2012

Ricky Hatton will fight at the Manchester Arena on November 24 after confirming his comeback at a press conference on Friday morning.

It will be Hatton's first fight since a brutal defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas three years ago.

The former two-weight world champion, who turns 34 next month, will take on an as yet unnamed opponent.

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Back in the game: Ricky Hatton confirmed his return to the ring on Friday

Back in the game: Ricky Hatton confirmed his return to the ring on Friday

Say cheese: Hatton announced his return in his hometown of Manchester

Say cheese: Hatton announced his return in his hometown of Manchester

Hatton has overcome drug and alcohol problems since hanging up the gloves and established his own promotions company which ran into problems in May when he lost his television deal with Sky.

He said: 'Why am I coming back It's been well documented what's happened to me since the last time I've been in a boxing ring.

'I've started looking after myself a bit better and getting fitter and that's how it started. I don't want to be fighting at four or six-round levels – I want to fight for world titles.

Put one on me! The Hitman will fight on November 24

Put one on me! The Hitman will fight on November 24

Looking trim: Hatton has battled through drug and alcohol problems to be fit for the fight

Looking trim: Hatton has battled through drug and alcohol problems to be fit for the fight

'It's about more than money, this comeback. People say nice things about me but they don't know what's been going on in between my ears.'

Talking about the manner of the defeat against Pacquiao, Hatton explained: 'I didn't want my career to end that way.

'It put me into retirement, which I never wanted to do. The manner of that defeat put me into some things which have been well documented…my life turned to mush.

'I got back into promoting which I loved – but it didn't quite fill the void.

'I got a huge buzz getting opportunities for my fighters and I was in the gym every day of the week passing on the knowledge – but it didn't fill the gap.'

British Boxing Board of Control general secretary Robert Smith revealed Hatton would be granted a new licence upon completion of a medical.

Look back at the six fights that shaped Hatton's career with our picture and video special

Lights out: Hatton was hammered by Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas in 2009

Lights out: Hatton was hammered by Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas in 2009

Knockout: Pacquiao knocked Hatton down with a devastating blow in Las Vegas

Knockout: Pacquiao knocked Hatton down with a devastating blow in Las Vegas

RICKY HATTON FACTFILE

Ricky Hatton

1978 – October 6: Born in Stockport, Greater Manchester.

1996 – Captures bronze medal at the World Amateur Championships.

1997 – September 11: Makes professional debut under the guidance of trainer Billy Graham and knocks out Colin McAuley in the first round at Kingsway Leisure Centre in Widnes.

1999 – Claims first pro title with a second-round TKO win against Tommy Peacock for the vacant Central Area light-welterweight title.

2000 – October 21: Beats Jon Thaxton on points to win the British light-welterweight title.

2001 – March 26: Wins vacant 'fringe' WBU light-welterweight title with fourth-round stoppage of Tony Pep.

2002 – June 1: Suffers first knockdown of his career in opening round against Eamonn Magee, but battles back to win on points.

2005 – June 4: Shocks the world by beating Kostya Tszyu, considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, in Manchester, winning the IBF light-welterweight title.

November 26: Overcomes nasty cuts to beat Carlos Maussa and add WBA crown to his IBF title.

December 21: Becomes first British fighter to receive the prestigious Ring Magazine 'Fighter of the Year' award.

2006 – Moves up to welterweight division and labours to victory against Luis Collazo, claiming the WBA title.

December: Awarded MBE in New Year's Honours list.

2007 – January 20: Knocks out Jose Luis Castillo, retaining IBO belt and winning WBC international light-welterweight title, which was later vacated.

June: Hatton's team agree terms with the camp of Floyd Mayweather for a December 8 fight in Las Vegas.

December 8: Knocked out in the 10th round by Mayweather in the first defeat of his professional career.

2008 – May 24: Retains IBO light-welterweight title by securing a unanimous points verdict against Juan Lazcano in front of 55,000 supporters at Manchester City's Eastlands stadium.

July 29: Announces split from long-time trainer Billy Graham.

September 3: Announces he will be trained by Floyd Mayweather Snr for his November fight with Paulie Malignaggi.

November 22: Wins light-heavyweight bout with Malignaggi in Las Vegas after the American's corner retire him in the 11th round.

2009 – May 2: Hatton's reign as light-welterweight world champion comes to a brutal end as Filipino fighter Manny Pacquiao delivers a stunning second-round knockout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

August 11: Hatton confirms an all-British fight against Amir Khan is “a possibility”.

2010 – January 13: Hatton announces he will return to the ring in 2010.

September 13: A spokesman for Hatton confirms the fighter has entered a rehabilitation facility due to 'severe depressio' and a drink problem'. The announcement follows News of the World allegations of cocaine use by Hatton.

September 23: The British Boxing Board of Control announce they have withdrawn Hatton's boxer's licence.

2011 – July 7: Announces his retirement from boxing, more than two years after his defeat to Pacquiao.

2012 – September 14: Confirms at a press conference that he is to return to the ring, with a November 24 bout at the Manchester Arena against an as yet unnamed opponent.

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Amir Khan reinstated as WBA light-welterweight champion

Belting news for Amir: Khan gets WBA title back before Garcia bout

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UPDATED:

23:16 GMT, 11 July 2012

Amir Khan has been reinstated as the WBA light-welterweight champion as he prepares to meet the WBC title holder Danny Garcia in what is now a unification fight in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

The Ring magazine belt will also be on the line as a consequence of Lamont Peterson, who robbed Khan of his title in controversial circumstances, admitting he used steroids before fighting the Briton in December and then failing a drugs test.

Khan told Sportsmail: ‘I’m honoured to get my WBA title back and to go into the ring as champion.

‘I’ve always wanted to fight for the WBC and Ring belts.’

Jumping for joy: Amir Khan has got his belts back

Jumping for joy: Amir Khan has got his belts back

Both the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation have taken their time considering what action to take.

Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer claimed recently the WBA had decided to strip Peterson of the belt and put it on the line, but the WBA, true to form, made no public statement.

However, they have gone a step further by not simply declaring the title vacant but, crucially, awarding it to Khan. Khan will receive the hollow title of 'super champion'.

A statement from the WBA said: 'The World Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association officially announced today its decision to reinstate the British boxer Amir Khan as Super Champion who may be able to unify title with Danny Garcia on Saturday July 14.

'This decision was taken after the positive doping result of the American Lamont Peterson, confirmed by the medical experts.

Controversial bout: Khan lost his WBA belt to Lamont Peterson in Washington

Controversial bout: Khan originally lost his WBA belt to Lamont Peterson in Washington

'The WBA rules that states that no boxer (who) has tested positively for prohibited substances can be rated (or) retain a title, or be permitted to fight in a sanctioned bout for a period of no less than six months from the date of the positive test.

'Given the circumstances, Peterson's status is champion in recess and it is subject to revision.'

Schaefer was also overjoyed at the WBA's decision and hopes Khan will prove himself as the world's best light-welterweight on Saturday.

'I got confirmation today that the WBA have reinstated Amir Khan as their super champion and so he will go into the fight defending his title,' Schaefer said.

'Danny Garcia will be defending his WBA belt and we've just learnt that the Ring magazine are putting their belt on the line for the winner of this fight – all three belts will be on the line.

'It's great news. And it's great news for both fighters as the winner of this fight will be recognised as the best 140-pounder in the world.'

Back to business: Khan faces Danny Garcia in high spirits

Back to business: Khan faces Danny Garcia in high spirits

Garcia, meanwhile, is just relishing the chance to defend the belt he won by dethroning Mexican legend Erik Morales.

'It's a dream come true,' the Philadelphian said.

'I'm enjoying every minute, from the press and media to meeting the fans and I'm ready to give them a great fight.

'After winning the title you have to stay on top of your game because it's hard to win but even harder to keep it. I'm ready to show the world who is best.'

George Groves to fight Francisco Sierra in San Jose

Groves itching to get back in the ring as San Jose fight against Sierra is announced

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14:04 GMT, 8 July 2012

George Groves, the British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion, will make his long-awaited return to the ring against Francisco Sierra in California on July 28.

The 24-year-old will feature on the undercard of Robert Guerrero’s WBC welterweight clash with Selcuk Aydin at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.

Back in the game: George Groves (right) has not fought for eight months

Back in the game: George Groves (right) has not fought for eight months

Sierra, 24, is a former Mexican champion and recently fought for the IBO world title.

Groves, who has been out of action for eight months after a succession of injuries, expressed his delight at the announcement.

Winner: Groves holds the British and Commonwealth super middleweight title

Winner: Groves holds the British and Commonwealth super middleweight title

‘It is more relief than anything now that I finally have a date to box’, he said.

‘It feels like a lifetime since I last fought and I need to make up for lost time seeing as I haven’t managed one round of competitive fighting this year!

‘I am very pleased to be making another appearance on such a big boxing card out in the US. I must thank GoldenBoy Promotions for giving me another chance to strut my stuff Stateside.

‘The opponent Francisco Sierra is a very seasoned and tenacious fighter. He packs a punch and has a typical ‘no holds barred’ Mexican style.

'I can’t wait to face this test, and finally show all the improvements I have made this year.’

Groves was last in action last November when he demolished Paul Smith inside two rounds but saw a mandatory fight against Kenny Anderson and a world title fight with Robert Stieglitz fall through.

‘This will be a 10 round fight and shown live here on BoxNation as well as in America, so all the British fans who have waited so patiently to see me in action can tune in which is very important to me,’ he added.

‘I’d like to thank every one of them who have given me so much support during the last few frustrating months.

‘I plan to get my 2012 back on track with a bang, just in time for the start of the London Olympic Games!’

Ricky Hatton disappointed with Sky split

Former world champion Hatton blasts Sky after surprise split from promotions company

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UPDATED:

18:00 GMT, 1 May 2012

Ricky Hatton has hit out at Sky after the broadcaster pulled the plug on their TV deal.

The former two-weight world champion will stage his final show with Sky on June 16 in Manchester after being informed he will not be offered any further dates.

But Hatton has revealed his bitter disappointment at the way the relationship was brought to an end.

Hitting out: Ricky Hatton is disappointed with Sky's decision

Hitting out: Ricky Hatton is disappointed with Sky's decision

‘The news came as a blow and I feel we have been unfairly treated, but there are meetings already set up with other TV channels,’ Hatton explained.

‘Next season I am very confident that my fighters will have a big television platform to perform on.

‘I have a great stable of fighters, many champions and a hard working team. TV companies have contacted me – not me them which is encouraging.

‘The most disappointing aspect of it all is the relationship I had with Sky until almost two weeks ago.

‘It isn’t rocket science to work out how well I did for Sky Sports as a boxer and a promoter.

Stable talent: Martin Murray

Stable talent: Martin Murray

‘I was their first world champion to come through without terrestrial TV, gave them their biggest Box Office successes ever and helped make them millions of pounds.

‘They repaid me by telling me I had no more dates by e-mail. There was no phone call to me or anything like that and when the e-mail was sent to my Director of Boxing, Richard Poxon – not me.

‘If you finish with a girlfriend by e-mail all your mates would be calling you some right names. I obviously have better morals than they do.’

Hatton Promotions are gearing up for their biggest bill next month at the Manchester Velodrome which includes the all-British clash between Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe for the vacant WBA interim super-bantamweight title.

The ‘Road to Glory’ card also includes Ryan Rhodes’ fight with Sergey Rabchenko for the vacant European light-middleweight title while Martin Murray and Richard Towers will also be in action.

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Nathan Cleverly handed Bernard Hopkins title fight boost

Cleverly handed Hopkins boost as promoters line-up potential title showdown

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UPDATED:

11:15 GMT, 2 April 2012

Nathan Cleverly's chances of a summer showdown with Bernard Hopkins have been given a boost by the American legend's promoters.

The Welsh WBO light-heavyweight champion defends his belt at the Royal Albert Hall on April 28 against Robin Krasniqi – the same night Hopkins faces a rematch with Chad Dawson.

Cleverly has long targeted a fight with the 47–year-old veteran and appears close to seeing his dream realised.

Biding his time: Cleverly is hoping to face Hopkins after Krasniqi bout

Biding his time: Cleverly is hoping to face Hopkins after Krasniqi bout

'I've talked to Bernard about Nathan and he said “Look, I'm used to fighting younger guys. Just keep bringing them on”,' said Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer.

'I went with Frank (Warren, Cleverly's promoter) through the some numbers. Now I'll have to go to Bernard and we’ll go through some numbers.

'If the numbers which Frank has outlined to me hold true, I think there's a good chance the fight could take place in the UK, absolutely.

'We don't want to jinx anything – Bernard has a very difficult fight ahead of him against Chad Dawson who's a young, hungry fighter, so let's see what happens.

'But definitely, if everything goes well, I would very much like to make that fight.'

Cleverly, 25, is excited at the prospect of facing Hopkins but is determined to focus on taking care of Krasniqi.

'Frank's the best promoter out there and I leave all the business down to him, I'll fight anyone he puts in front of me and it's my job to keep winning,' he said.

Calling the shots: Cleverly is putting his faith in Warren

Calling the shots: Cleverly is putting his faith in Warren

'It would be a dream to get Hopkins and I'm really buzzing with all the talk about fighting him, but the reality is I'm fighting Krasniqi first which is a very tough fight and if anything goes wrong then a fight against Hopkins will be out of the window.

'It's a crucial title defence for me and I've got to be at my best on the night against Krasniqi. I've got to win and win it in style to prove that I'm ready to challenge a great like Hopkins.'

Warren meanwhile is confident he can make the fight happen.

'Of course Hopkins wants a big pay day and he will get one,' he said. 'It would be a tough fight but even if he (Cleverly) got beat, so what

'He is young enough to come again. Even if you lose a fight it is how you lose a fight – and I just feel for Nathan it would be a great fight for him to take.

'I think styles make fights and I think if the opportunity comes for Nathan Cleverly to fight Bernard Hopkins, it is a fight he should take.

'It will be a tough, tough fight for him but I think his youth and his speed is the key to winning the fight.

Rematch: Hopkins will face Dawson following the TKO defeat

Rematch: Hopkins will face Dawson following the TKO defeat

'I think we can make the fight. I've been talking to Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy and it was him who suggested the fight to me.

'Hopkins will get a big pay day and where is he going to fight where they are to draw 40,000 to 50,000 people There isn't anywhere in America where that is going to happen.

'So the money is there to be made. I know HBO (American TV channel) will be very interested in the fight and Box Nation will be prepared to step up to the plate as well to ensure Nathan got his opportunity to unify the titles.'

Cleverly v Krasniqi and Hopkins v Dawson are live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546) on Saturday, April 28 from 7.30pm.

Amir Khan must get ring smart like Floyd Mayweather

Khan must get ring smart like Mayweather, claims Golden Boy chief

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16:22 GMT, 28 March 2012

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UPDATED:

16:22 GMT, 28 March 2012

Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer has warned Amir Khan to rein in his warrior spirit by emulating the ring craft shown by Floyd Mayweather.

Schaefer was speaking at the announcement of a long-term deal that will see BoxNation screen two live GBP shows per month, including Mayweather's May 5 superfight against Miguel Cotto.

Two weeks after Mayweather and Cotto collide, all attention will turn to Khan's potentially-explosive rematch against Lamont Peterson.

Head to head: Amir Khan (right) and Lamont Peterson fight on May 19

Head to head: Amir Khan (right) and Lamont Peterson fight on May 19

The first fight saw Khan relieved of his WBA and IBF belts in controversial circumstances with referee Jo Cooper deducting him two points for pushing.

At times the 25-year-old was happy to trade with the more rugged Peterson and Schaefer believes he would be better served by relying on skill over brawn.

'I don't know how to say it more elegantly, but sometimes Amir's balls are too big for his own good,' he said.

'Look at Mayweather – he's a master tactician who knows how to use defensive and offensive skills and has been knocking people out recently.

'He knows what it takes to win and fights very smart.

'Amir has the skills, speed and power, but what he needs to work on are the 'ring smarts' and not get carried away.

Team: Khan will be trained by Freddie Roach before he takes on Peterson

Team: Khan will be trained by Freddie Roach before he takes on Peterson

'He's still very young and he learnt a lot from the Peterson fight. We'll see if he applies that on May 19.'

If Khan dispatches Peterson and Mayweather disposes of Cotto, Schaefer believes the rivals could meet early next year.

However, he would like to see Khan step up a division and have one fight at welterweight before locking horns with Mayweather.

'There's never going to be a boring Amir Khan fight because he is incapable of producing that,' Schaefer added.

'He's an exciting guy to watch and that's why we all want to see him.'

Schaefer remains convinced Mayweather and rival pound-for-pound contender Manny Pacquiao will eventually clash in what could be the richest fight in boxing history.

Dominant: Floyd Mayweather fights Miguel Cotto on May 5 in Las Vegas

Dominant: Floyd Mayweather fights Miguel Cotto on May 5 in Las Vegas

'It will happen but not this year, probably when Pacquiao is ready to retire and has run out of other options,' Schaefer said.

BoxNation's tie-in with GBP commences on April 21 with a double world-title show of Abner Mares v Erik Morel for the vacant WBC world super-bantamweight title and the WBA world super-bantamweight title clash between Anselmo Moreno and David De La Mora.

A week later Bernard Hopkins' rematch with Chad Dawson for the WBC world light-heavyweight title will be screened.

The agreement excludes any Mayweather fights after May 5, although BoxNation owner Frank Warren confirmed they will bid for any contest in which the 35-year-old is involved.

'If Mayweather fights Manny Pacquiao I can assure you we'll be in for it,' Warren said.