Ukranian boxer Vycheslav Senchenko has turned down a proposed fight with British-Pakistani boxing star Amir Khan. The two had been scheduled to fight on April 20th, but have now seen the engagement fall apart after a disagreement over the fighting weight. Senchenko refused to fight at Khanâ€™s preferred weight of 144 lbs.
Khanâ€™s American sponsor, the Showtime network, hopes that Khan will stay Stateside and accessible to the lucrative American market rather than fight in England. Richard Schaefer, CEO of Khanâ€™s promoters Golden Boy, explained: â€œShowtime is open to doing a fight from England, but the question will then be the license fee and the opponent. When Amir entered into the multi-fight deal, it was tied to some pretty big names â€“ but if you are fighting in the UK, it doesnâ€™t make sense for the big names because of the time difference. The fee for an overseas fight will be less, so we are talking about it.â€
Khan had hoped to avenge his friend Ricky Hatton, who had lost a bout to Senchenko. His record rose to 27-3-0 (19 KOs) after Decemberâ€™s demolition of previously unbeaten Mexican Carlos Molina, and the former champion will hope to maintain his momentum. The April fight will be Khanâ€™s second with new coach Virgil Hunter, who replaced Freddie Roach after the devastating fourth-round knockout defeat to welterweight king Danny Garcia last July. He will now reportedly consider Mexicans Humberto Soto and Pablo Cesar Cano for a possible matchup. And if all goes well, Khan could well be on a path towards a rematch with Garcia himself.