He may be a boxer, but Amir Khan is open to the possibility of trying his hand at mixed martial arts in a blockbuster bout against UFC star Conor McGregor.
The prospect of undefeated, five-division champion boxer Floyd Mayweather and McGregor going head-to-head has dominated the headlines, with fans of both sports excited by the tantalising matchup.
Khan does not believes Mayweather and McGregor will step into the ring or octagon together, describing the potential bout as a “publicity stunt”, but the 29-year-old Brit – who lost to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in May – is willing to face UFC’s featherweight champion.
“I would definitely give it a go. It’s something to learn, as well,” Khan told flocombat.com.
“I’m at that age where I’m still learning, adapting and getting better. So I still have time under me as well. I’m still a young lad and got loads left in me.
“It just depends on the weight category. But look, as a fighter, that’s a fight I would take. McGregor is a massive name in MMA, and I’m a big name in boxing, so globally, I think it would be a massive fight.
“Sometimes, you have to put friendship aside and you have to take it in the cage or in the ring. But yeah, if that fight comes up to me, I’m not one to back away from it.
“With MMA, it seems quite easy to make fights that the fans want to see. I was chasing Mayweather for two years, and the fight never happened. The fans wanted to see it, but he didn’t want it. So that’s the difference between MMA and boxing.
“Even if I started to train MMA next year, I’d only be 30 years old. I could stop and train for a full year and become a good MMA fighter. It’s in our blood to fight. I’ve been fighting all my life, so for me, I don’t think it’d be a problem for me to learn and switch over to the sport.”