Junior welterweight double titleholder Amir Khan has confirmed talks are underway with Hatton Promotions over a meeting at 147 pounds with fellow Brit Matthew Hatton.
The WBA and IBF champion from Bolton, England, will make his sixth and final defense as a junior welterweight against American Lamont Peterson on Dec. 10 in Washington, DC.
After that 24-year-old Khan (26-1, 18 knockouts) is moving up a division and a showdown against Manchester’s Hatton (42-5-2, 16 KOs), brother of former two-division champion Ricky, looks a distinct possibility.
“I want to step up to welterweight after I fight Peterson and there's been a lot of talk about who I might fight first. That could be against Ricky Hatton's brother Matthew, “ said Khan. “They've approached us and said they would be happy to take that fight if I move up to 147 pounds.
"I want a fight like that at 147 before I have the big fights just so I can get a feel for it, so my body can get a feel for it."
Hatton, 30, won the IBF international welterweight title in August with a points decision over Andrei Abramenka, of Belarus. It was the Englishman’s first outing since losing over 12 rounds to Mexican star Saul Alvarez for the WBC junior middleweight crown.