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Ricky Hatton: 'Amir Khan can beat Floyd Mayweather'

Hatton: 'Khan can beat Mayweather'
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Ricky Hatton believes that Amir Khan could beat Floyd Mayweather if the two were to meet in the ring.

Ricky Hatton believes that Amir Khan could beat Floyd Mayweather should the two meet in the ring.

Khan will defend his light-welterweight titles against Lamont Peterson in December before a possible move into the welterweight division.

If the 24-year-old does make the switch, then a fight with Mayweather is likely to happen.

"He's won two world titles now at the light-welterweight division," Hatton told BBC Radio Five Live. "Timothy Bradley would argue about who is in the number one spot [in the division], but there's no doubt in my mind that it's Amir Khan.

"He's proved that and it's only a matter of time before Amir will do what all fighters want to do. Once you've proved yourself in a division, you want to move up a division and win a world title in another division.

"I was fortunate enough to do that, and I think Amir is well on course to do that. A few years ago, you'd have said, 'No, Floyd Mayweather is a step too far', but the way [Khan] is performing now, it certainly isn't."

Hatton suffered a tenth-round defeat when he fought Mayweather in 2009.

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