WHEN asked whether Amir Khan would be deserving of facing Floyd Mayweather if he beats Devon Alexander this weekend, IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook’s trainer Dominic Ingle gave an unequivocal answer: ‘‘No.’’
His uncomplicated, monosyllabic answer alluded to the notion that a justification should not be necessary. Nonetheless, with a slight nudge in that direction, Ingle explained why Khan is unbefitting of challenging the man at the top of the 147lb division.
‘‘Khan would still not be deserving of the Mayweather fight because of the way he has lost in the past’’, Ingle claimed, referring to Khan’s knockout defeats at the hands of Danny Garcia and Breidis Prescott and, in part, his split-decision loss to Lamont Peterson. The Sheffield-based trainer does not believe that Khan has sufficiently been able to rebuild his credibility from past losses, nor does he deem that Khan has successfully proved his credibility in his only welterweight fight by defeating Luis Collazo in May, citing the fact that ‘‘Collazo was faded and not a patch on the fighter that fought Ricky Hatton’’ in 2006.