Amir Khan has revealed he is looking to make his debut in America by taking on Paulie Malignaggi at New York’s Madison Square Garden on May 15.
There has been continued speculation over Khan’s next opponent following his switch to join Golden Boy promotions last month.
It was thought the WBA light-welterweight champion would take on mandatory challenger Marcos Maidana, with Juan Manuel Marquez another name mentioned.
However, having already made one mandatory defence with his first-round demolition of Dmitriy Salita in December, Khan is looking to take on a bigger name than Maidana in his first appearance Stateside.
It is understood his representatives approached Marquez, but with the Mexican rumoured to have turned down the chance to fight the young Briton on Wednesday, Khan has now set his sights on Malignaggi.
“May 15 is the date that I have, the fight will be in America, and opponent – we are looking at Malignaggi,” Khan confirmed.