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Khan looking to beat Hatton to the punch with Marquez

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Amir Khan could disprupt Ricky Hatton’s comeback plans by lining up Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez for his breakthrough fight in the United States.


The 22-year-old Briton, who defends his WBA light-welterweight title against Dimitriy Salita in Newcastle on Saturday, regards the former world super-featherweight champion as his dream opponent in a bid to crack the American market in 2010.


But Hatton, 31, who has not fought since his two-round knockout by Manny Pacquiao six months ago, also views Marquez as someone who could provide him with the chance to revive his career.


Khan insists that, as the younger man on the way forward, he would make a better opponent and produce a better fight than Hatton.


Khan said: ‘I think it would be a tough fight for Ricky to come back straight into after his last defeat.


'I would have thought he would take one easy fight to get back into it. But this is a tough one.


'Good luck to him, let’s see what happens.’


Khan is aware that first he must come through the first defence of his world title against his New York-based Ukrainian opponent, who is unbeaten in 31 fights.


Khan’s trainer Freddie Roach said: ‘Salita’s a clever all round boxer. It will be tough but I feel Amir will knock him out somewhere along the way.’




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