Summer date for Telfer v Khan

A SUMMER bout between Hawick boxer George Telfer and Olympic boxing sensation Amir Khan has not been ruled out.

Despite turning down an initial approach to fight Amir Khan, George Telfer has been given firm assurances that a summer fight will take place.

Speaking to the 'News' this week George said: "I have been in dialogue with my promoter and Amir Khan's promoter and they are very willing for this fight to take place. No venue or date has been agreed yet, but I am confident that I will be given the chance to fight Amir later this year."

The 'News' caught up with George as he announced a sponsorship deal with a local garage.

David Craig of Craig Motors who has agreed to support Telfer said: "I have been looking to become involved in sponsorship for quite some time and I felt that George Telfer was someone I would like to get behind. He has already shown great ambition in looking to fight someone such as Amir Khan and I want to help him in anyway I can to realize this once in a lifetime opportunity."

Telfer, 26, is looking to step up his boxing training over the coming months to ensure he is in ideal shape: "When I was initially approached I thought it was all a wind up. But when I realized it was a reality I gave the bout a great deal of thought.

"I know that if I'm going to step into the ring with someone like Amir Khan, I want to be in my best physical condition. So I will be looking to build up my training.

"I have seen him fight a number of times and I have a good idea what I am up against but I know for sure that there is no way he would put me down in the first round. I know he is good, I know he is world class, but with the right level of training behind me I feel I can do myself justice."

After a promising start Telfer has struggled to find opponents since turning professional. His reputation of being a hard hitter has seen potential opponents shy away, but his ability hasn't been in question and a fight against Amir Khan - who sprung to international prominence when he won a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics - could catapult Telfer towards a host of other potentially lucrative fights.