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Boxer Amir Khan open to 'massive fight' with UFC star Conor McGregor

Boxer Amir Khan open to 'massive fight' with UFC star Conor McGregor
British boxer Amir Khan would welcome a future fight with former UFC 'champ champ' Conor McGregor, saying that the potential clash between the two prizefighters would be 'great business' for both.

Khan is preparing for his bid to seize the WBO welterweight title from the unbeaten Terence Crawford in Madison Square Garden on Saturday night and, despite his underdog status, the Englishman is confident that he has the skills to topple the American. 

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And after that? A lucrative cross-code fight with McGregor remains an interesting and, as far as Khan is concerned, realistic possibility.

"I mean it’s business, isn’t it?" Khan explained to talkSPORT's Gareth A. Davies. 

"We’re at a level now where it makes great business like Floyd Mayweather. We all learned from Floyd Mayweather – how he makes fights happen.

"Conor McGregor vs Amir Khan would be a massive fight. It’d be huge, you’ve got Irish vs English so that’ll be massive.

"If that happens, I’m not one to turn away from that."

McGregor has traded UFC's Octagon for a boxing ring on one occasion in the past where he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather in the tenth round of their August 2016 boxing match. 

It was one of the most lucrative sporting events in history and earned McGregor the type of paycheck which would have eased the blow of defeat somewhat. Since then he has stated that he would consider a boxing return should the correct situation present itself.

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McGregor recently announced his retirement from mixed martial arts, though he appears to have walked back that statement on social media on several occasions since. 

Khan is listed by one oddsmaker as an 8/1 underdog against the 34-0 Crawford ahead of Saturday's fight in New York. He comes into the showing just one defeat in his last eight but will do well to avoid a repeat of the crushing KO he suffered against Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez nearly three years ago when he steps into the ring with the three-weight world champion Crawford.