Amir Khan-Devon Alexander Bout Finalized For December 13th
Former light welterweight champion Amir Khan will take on former two division titlist Devon Alexander in a 12-round welterweight bout on December 13th at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A Golden Triple Header
According to Golden Boy promotions, the match had been in the negotiation period for weeks now. Last Friday, all the differences were ironed out and the final fight card was announced. The Khan-Alexander bout will be the main event in a Showtime-televised Triple Header that will include the title defenses of Keith Thurman’s interim welterweight title and Demetrius Andrade’s junior middleweight crown. Also fighting on the loaded fight card are former three division champion Abner Mares and former welterweight king Victor Ortiz.
Finally Fighting Each Other
Alexander, the St. Louis native, was originally scheduled to defend his welterweight belt against Khan in December of 2013. Khan withdrew in the middle of the negotiations for the bout, however, and sat out the rest of the year because his team believed that Floyd Mayweather Jr. would pick him as his May 2014 opponent. Unfortunately, the Money Man chose to fight Argentinian Marcos Maidana in both his 2014 bouts and Khan became inactive for 13 months before outpointing Luis Collazo last May.
On the other hand, Alexander went on to defend his belt against Shawn Porter instead and lost his belt by decision. He bounced back with a 10-round win over Jesus Soto Karas last June. Alexander said that he “has been waiting for this fight for a long time” and that he is “ready to show that he is worthy of this opportunity and the others that lie ahead of December 13th.” Surprisingly, Alexander will be fighting in Las Vegas for the first time in his 10-year pro career.
The betting odds have picked Khan as a -225 favorite against Alexander’s +225 mainly because of the quality of opposition that the Briton has faced in his career. Alexander may have fought and beat Matthysse and Maidana in consecutive bouts, but he’s lost in his other big bouts to Bradley and Porter. Alexander may have the better movement, but Khan packs the bigger punch and can fight Alexander on a boxing duel.
Although he has been bypassed twice, Amir Khan is not giving up on his chase to land a Floyd Mayweather Jr fight. He believes that fighting Alexander is a step-up in opposition and that if he can beat Alexander convincingly, he will prove that he is one of the best 147 pounders in the game today.
Mayweather has two more fights left in his existing Showtime contract, and with no opponent in mind as of this time, the winner of Khan-Alexander will surely become one of the front-runners to land the next Mayweather bout which could be in May 2015.
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