Schaefer urges Khan to box clever
Amir Khan (right) and Lamont Peterson
Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer has warned Amir Khan to rein in his warrior spirit by emulating the ring craft shown by Floyd Mayweather.
Schaefer was speaking at the announcement of a long-term deal that will see BoxNation screen two live GBP shows per month, including Mayweather's May 5 superfight against Miguel Cotto. Two weeks after Mayweather and Cotto collide, all attention will turn to Khan's potentially-explosive rematch against Lamont Peterson.
"I don't know how to say it more elegantly, but sometimes Amir's balls are too big for his own good. Look at Mayweather - he's a master tactician who knows how to use defensive and offensive skills and has been knocking people out recently. He knows what it takes to win and fights very smart," Schaefer said.
The first fight with Peterson saw Khan relieved of his WBA and IBF belts in controversial circumstances with referee Jo Cooper deducting him two points for pushing.
At times the 25-year-old was happy to trade with the more rugged Peterson and Schaefer believes he would be better served by relying on skill over brawn.
He added: "Amir has the skills, speed and power, but what he needs to work on are the 'ring smarts' and not get carried away. He's still very young and he learnt a lot from the Peterson fight. We'll see if he applies that on May 19."
If Khan dispatches Peterson and Mayweather disposes of Cotto, Schaefer believes the rivals could meet early next year.
However, he would like to see Khan step up a division and have one fight at welterweight before locking horns with Mayweather.
"There's never going to be a boring Amir Khan fight because he is incapable of producing that," Schaefer added.
"He's an exciting guy to watch and that's why we all want to see him."