Harry Pratt

Khan believes Haye can become star in U.S. with victory over Klitschko

Amir Khan is convinced David Haye can become an instant hit in the United States by toppling Wladimir Klitschko on July 2.

Haye, the WBA heavyweight titleholder from England, aims to take Klitschko’s IBF and WBO belts in Hamburg when the pair finally collide in their long-awaited unification showdown. 

And Khan believes a victory over the Ukrainian would be the perfect platform for his fellow Brit to wind up his career — Haye claims he plans to retire this year — with at least one major pay day on the other side of the Atlantic.

“Hopefully, other fighters can fly the flag, not only in Britain but come over here to America to show them how good British fighters are," said Khan, who meets Zab Judah on July 23 in Las Vegas. “I think when we do come over here, they love our style and they love the way we fight. David's got a little bit of a way to go over here but I think this fight with Klitschko will definitely help him.

“I came to America at a young age, I've fought here twice, had a lot of amateur fights over here, and I train at the Wild Card [Boxing Club] in Los Angeles. That makes a big difference in getting me known with the media. David didn't do that, of course, and you can't knock what he's done. But I do think one or two fights in America would make him a star."

Khan’s own busy schedule means he will not be at the Imtech Arena in person to see his great pal attempt to upset Klitschko. Unsurprisingly, though, Khan is tipping Haye to triumph. 

“If I wasn't in training, I'd have been in Germany,” said Khan, who is based in Los Angeles. “I spoke to David a few days ago and he was telling me that training was going really well. He’d just done his last 12 rounds of sparring and was feeling nice and sharp, nice and strong.

"Hopefully, I'll get to speak to him again before the fight, which is one I think he'll definitely win!"

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