A bit of a left field moment has come from an unexpected source who has now found himself as one of the front-runners to take on Amir Khan in his comeback fight.
It’s hard to see how Khan will take on someone like Adrien Broner or Kell Brook in his first fight back.
While Khan would certainly fight the two, as fighters will fight anyone for the most part, his new promoter Eddie Hearn and advisor Al Haymon are not going to put their fighter in right at the deep end after what will be two years out of the ring since his last fight.
That would be foolish and Khan knows it.
Some news that seems like more of a realistic opponent has presented itsel, in the form of South African Chris Van Heerden who has taken to his Instagram account to reveal the following:
“RUMOR has it my phone might ring!!!!! Woke up to a buzzing phone with news that i am on the Short list of Boxers to fight Amir Khan in UK next and by sources (Star paper UK ,Boxingscene.com & WorldBoxingNews WBN) i’m leading the race!!! Well my phone is ON and with me 24/7 You can phone now! I have only Respect for Khan (the man has done it all his achievements speaks volumes and real boxing lovers would agree with me) it would be an Honor for me to travel to UK as it has always been my bucket list/Dream to fight in front of thousands of the most passionate Boxing fan ever in my opinion!!!! LETS GO!!!”
The best win on Van Heerden’s record probably reads as Ricky Hatton’s brother Matthew Hatton.
The best name the South African has fought to date though definitely been Errol Spence, whom TKO’d him back in 2015.
This seems like a much more realistic option for Khan in his comeback and would be an easy fight to make relatively speaking.
Khan has said he wants his first fight back as part of his new three-fight deal with Eddie Hearn to take place in the UK.