Former WBA and IBF light welterweight champion Amir ‘King’ Khan squares off against another former champion in the shape of the slick Devon Alexander on the 13th December at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas for the WBC silver belt.
Amir Khan has been slowly resurrecting his career under the watchful eye of old school San Francisco trainer Virgil Hunter by bouncing back from his crushing fourth round knockout loss against Danny Garcia in 2012 with three straight wins. He first overcame the durable but light fisted Carlos Molina in what many considered as an underwhelming performance despite winning comprehensively. He then beat Julio Diaz via a unanimous decision but again came under plenty of criticism as he had to come back from a knockdown in round four. Virgil Hunter was adamant that his training relationship would take time to build and that for his fighter to start absorbing his methods he would have to take his dedication to a higher level and work at improving all year round and not just in his eight week pre fight training camps. The jury is still out on whether Khan’s last outing really showed the fruits of his labour blooming under Hunter’s stewardship but it can’t be disputed that he looked a lot more convincing in victory. Three times Khan knocked down a seasoned but resurgent campaigner in New Yorker, Luis Collazo to the canvas, who was himself fresh off beating Victor Ortiz by way of knockout.
Khan has made no secret of his desire to land the fight against pound for pound star Floyd Mayweather but his fixation on ‘Money’ Mayweather hasn’t done him any favours as of yet. However he simply cannot afford to overlook or focus on anything other than Alexander or he could be punished and his dream mega fight will be exactly that; a dream. A win though would undoubtedly put him in pole position in the Mayweather sweepstakes.
Missouri native Devon Alexander is widely considered as one of the most technically sound operators in the Welterweight division after having out boxed some of the divisions fiercest fighters such as the Argentinian Marcos Maidana and Lucas Matthysse. Despite being known to have fast hands this is perhaps the first time in his professional career that he will be facing off against a fighter that is faster than him; for all his faults Khan’s hand speed is blistering. He will therefore be stripped of one of his best offensive attributes. Alexander looks the more well rounded fighter with no real glaring weaknesses in his game. His footwork means that he is elusive against slow fighters but the fact that he isn’t the heaviest of punchers may work against him against an opponent who is susceptible to being caught and hurt badly by big counter punchers.
This is a bout that could be a very technical affair and hard to judge but Khan’s speed advantage means that Alexander will have to adapt and try to counter with more telling shots as if he is purely banking on dictating the fight off his jab he could well be out boxed and out worked by the British former Olympic silver medal winner.
Alexander: W26 KO14 L2 KO 0 KO%50
Khan: W26 KO19 L3 KO2 KO%59.38