Tag: Amir Khan

Boxing: Khan dominates Alexander in Vegas

One year after pulling out of a fight with Devon Alexander in order to preserve himself for a shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr., Amir Khan might have properly stamped his ticket to the big dance.

Khan was too quick and too strong from the opening bell in outclassing Alexander by unanimous decision (119-109, 118-110, 120-108) on Saturday in front of 7,768 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. ESPN also scored the bout 120-108 for Khan (29-3, 19 KOs).

The 28-year-old looked spectacular in his second fight as a full-fledged welterweight by controlling distance with his jab and temporarily putting aside the chin issues that have haunted his career.

“I just fought a three-time world champion and proved myself to be a force at 147 pounds,” Khan said. “I think I’m getting better with age. I’m better than I was at 26 and now just starting to hit my peak at 28. I work very hard and put on one of my best performances.”

Alexander (26-3, 14 KOs) followed Khan around the ring throughout but was unable to land more than one punch at a time as Khan met him in his tracks with hard combinations.

The victory puts Khan in prime position to land a spring meeting with Mayweather, provided a long-awaited superfight with Manny Pacquiao is unable to be made.

“I feel like I proved to everyone that I deserved that [Mayweather] fight,” Khan said.

So did his promoter, Golden Boy founder Oscar De La Hoya.

“So now I know why Mayweather doesn’t want to fight him,” De La Hoya said. “He was brilliant. I wouldn’t have fought him. He is hitting his peak just now. He looked incredible.

“I have a feeling Mayweather will think twice now of fighting Amir Khan. He showed focus, speed, angles, balance; he fought almost a perfect fight with a southpaw, which is very complicated.”

Khan not only looked stronger at 147 pounds, with a wide frame to carry the extra muscle, but also showed continued improvement in his third fight with trainer Virgil Hunter.

“Devon gave me a great fight but I worked my jab and I listened to what Virgil Hunter taught me,” Khan said. “I believe I have the best and quickest jab in the sport.”

Hunter agreed, saying, “I thought his performance was great. He had a 9.9 out of 10. He would venture off the game plan and come right back. This fight proves he can step up and move up to the next level of competition.”

Alexander, who lost his welterweight title to Shawn Porter last December, never committed to his jab and found minimal success looking to load up with one big counter shot. Each time he connected with a meaningful punch, Khan met him in his tracks with heavy and quick combinations.

Khan outlanded Alexander 243 to 91, according to CompuBox, and connected on 43% of his shots, compared to just 20% for Alexander.

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Boxing: Khan v Alexander – Chasing the Money

Amir Khan has to beat Devon Alexander on Saturday in Las Vegas at the MGM and he has to look good doing it.

The problem for Khan on Saturday night, and the reason that he has to look so good, is that he is just one part of three fights, at two rival casinos that feature men in the great money race for a fight against either Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather. There is also the Alexander problem and the southpaw, former world champion at two weights has been for a long, long time one of the world’s most avoided and neglected fighters.

“It has never been easy for me,” said Alexander, who is a veteran but still younger than Khan. “I’m blessed because I’m just getting better and better. There has been talk of a fight with Khan before, it never happened and that is why this fight is so important.” Khan, it needs to be remembered, withdrew from a fight with Alexander in December last year because he falsely believed that he had secured a fight with Mayweather.

Meanwhile, on the other side of town at the Cosmopolitan, Tim Bradley, who has a win and a loss against Pacquiao, is fighting Diego Chaves – a good win for Bradley and he would take up a prominent place on Mayweather’s shopping list for 2015. Mayweather refers to the list as the ‘sweepstakes’, which is a bit vulgar but very true. Bradley, by the way, has far more chance of looking good.

Fighting alongside Khan and Alexander at the esteemed MGM is unbeaten and overlooked Keith Thurman, who will be defending his WBA welterweight title against the extraordinary Italian Leonard Bundu, who is unbeaten in 33 fights and 40! If Thurman wins then he would be an ideal next opponent for either Manny or Little Floyd; Manny has been braver in accepting hard fights, but Floyd needs a good opponent to satisfy his increasingly demanding paymasters at ShowTime – I guess that can happen when the pay-per-figures are under performing and hundreds of millions of dollars are changing hands.

Oscar De La Hoya – a loser on a controversial decision to Mayweather but stopped by Pacquiao – is convinced Khan is in a favourable position, a nice place to be when something like $10 million is the real prize for a fight against either of the modern sport’s top cash cows. The casino operators would also like Khan in a big, big fight because of the travelling British fans and their willingness to empty out their wallets and bank accounts once they land in Las Vegas.

“Amir Khan is a real threat to the welterweight division,” said De La Hoya. “I would put him in with Mayweather and Pacquiao and don’t be surprised if he wins – he is that type of character.”

The shameless pursuit of a life-changing fight with either Pacquiao or Mayweather is becoming an even more ruthless race because both of the veterans are coming to the end of their fantastic careers. I would be amazed if they each fight three more times and right now there are as many as 12 boxers desperate to get a call for the fighting last dance, the multi-million dollar waltz that is a win-win for any of the losers.

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