Boxing: Khan hits out at Mayweather after snub
Published on Feb 26, 2014 10:10 AM
LAS VEGAS (AFP) - Amir Khan unleashed a flurry of verbal jabs on Tuesday, Feb 26, 2014, at Floyd Mayweather after the unbeaten American passed him over for a lucrative May 3 bout and chose Argentina's Marcos Maidana.
Mayweather, 45-0 with 26 knockouts, said on Monday - his 37th birthday - that he would defend his World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council light-middleweight crowns against Maidana, 35-3 with 31 knockouts, and not Khan.
The 27-year-old Englishman Khan - who defeated Maidana in 2010 - made his fury clear in a statement released by his promotions company and linked to a post on his Twitter feed, intimating that Mayweather was running scared.
"Despite having signed my part of the agreement to fight Floyd in early December, I've been preparing myself for some time that the match-up with him wasn't going to happen," Khan said. "Therefore this announcement (Monday) did not come as a surprise.
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