Amir Khan: Al Haymon ‘is a very astute businessman’


Former 140-pound titleholder Amir Khan of England officially announced his signing with powerful advisor Al Haymon, calling him "a very astute businessman" who "always has his fighters' best interests at heart."

The move by Khan (28-3, 19 knockouts) comes in advance of his May 3 welterweight clash with Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s defense of his RING and WBC 147-pound championships against WBA counterpart Marcos Maidana.

Khan has joined Collazo, RING and WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, ex-175-pound beltholder Chad Dawson, IBF 140-pound titleholder Lamont Peterson and his brother, lightweight Anthony Peterson, as this year's signees to Haymon. The enigmatic manager will be honored with the 2013 "Cus D'Amato Manager of the Year Award" at the Boxing Writers' Association's annual dinner on May 1 at the MGM Grand.

"I am very happy to have signed with Al Haymon who has not only shown that he is a very astute businessman," said Khan, 27, "but is extremely knowledgeable of the fight game and always has his fighters' best interests at heart. I'm looking forward to building a long and successful relationship during this exciting stage of my career."

In aligning with Haymon, Khan has also become part of an impressive stable of fighters including Mayweather, Maidana, Danny Garcia, Adrien Broner and Lucas Matthysse among many others.

Broner will face California-based junior welterweight Carlos Molina (not to be confused with the IBF junior middleweight titlist of the same name) on the Mayweather-Maidana undercard.