Khan pre­dicts a Lam slam

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By MATT JOHN­SON

AMIR KHAN seems cer­tain to face La­mont Peter­son in his fi­nal lightwel­ter­weight con­test later this year. The IBF and WBA cham­pion

is mov­ing up to wel­ter­weight next year, hav­ing beaten all the con­tenders will­ing to chal­lenge him in the 10-stone divi­sion.

Detroit, Los An­ge­les and Las Ve­gas are on the short list to stage the De­cem­ber 10 bat­tle against the Amer­i­can manda­tory con­tender for his IBF belt.

Bolton’s Khan, 24, said: “I think it’s a good fight. Peter­son is skil­ful and a good fighter. But I will leave the ne­go­ti­a­tions to Golden Boy Pro­mo­tions.

“This will prob­a­bly be my last fight at 140lb. Op­po­nents are hard to get. We asked about Erik Mo­rales and Ti­mothy Bradley but they said no.

“La­mont is a cred­i­ble op­po­nent. He got a draw with Vic­tor Or­tiz, who is now fight­ing May­weather.

“Now he’s my manda­tory and it would be a good fight. He wants to fight and I am will­ing to fight him. “That’s prob­a­bly the best fight for me be­fore I move up to

wel­ter­weight.” EVER­TON man­ager David Moyes ad­mits he is hav­ing to con­struct a new side from re­sources within the cash-strapped club – but is pleased with the way it is shap­ing up.

Hav­ing sold Mikel Arteta, Jer­maine Beck­ford and Ayeg­beni Yakubu in the trans­fer win­dow and al­lowed Joseph Yobo to go out on loan, the Scot was only able to bring in striker De­nis Strac­qualursi and winger Roys­ton Dren­the on tem­po­rary deals.

That meant he has had to dip fur­ther into the pool of back-up play­ers than he would have wanted.

But Moyes has been re­warded with some promis­ing cameos from teenagers Ross Barkley Apos­to­los Vel­lios.

Barkley, 17, has im­pressed in all four matches so far while Vel­lios, 19, made his first ap­pear­ance of the sea­son – and only the fourth of his Ever­ton ca­reer – as a sub­sti­tute in the 2-2 draw with As­ton Villa.

“I’m hav­ing to look to try to build a new side from what we’ve got, not nec­es­sar­ily with lots of new play­ers,” said Moyes.

“I need to get my­self in the right po­si­tion in the league but also need to see where we can take it on and try to find the new Tim Cahills.”

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