Devon Alexander vs. Shawn Porter on November 30th
By Dan Ambrose: With Amir Khan turning down a fight against IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KO’s) for December 7th, it now leaves Alexander defending his title on November 30th against #7 IBF, #7 WBO, #15 WBA Shawn Porter (22-0-1, 14 KO’s) on Showtime in San Antonio, Texas, according to Dan Rafael.
One of the proposed undercard fights has WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (25-0-1, 15 KO’s) defending his title against bantamweight Cesar Seda (25-1, 17 KO’s).
Rafael said on his twitter: “Other @SHOsports date Schaefer said is also done is 11/30 in San Antonio: @TheRealDevonA vs. Shawn Porter and Leo Santa Cruz vs. Cesar Seda.”
Khan likely pulled out of the Alexander fight hoping that he’ll be getting a May 3rd bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas, Nevada. I’m sure Khan would have taken the fight with Alexander if there wasn’t a Mayweather fight that he had within reach.
It’s got to be a huge let down for Alexander to be facing the 25-year-old Porter instead of Khan because it’s a much lesser fight than Khan-Alexander. Alexander doesn’t get much from beating Porter other than holding onto his IBF title. Porter hasn’t faced anyone good yet in his career, and is more known for being a sparring partner to Manny Pacquiao than what he’s done in the ring. In his last fight Porter defeated Julio Diaz by a 10 round unanimous decision last month. They previously fought each other to a 10 round draw last December.
Alexander has defended his IBF title once since beating Randall Bailey by a 12 round unanimous decision last year in October. In his first defense, Alexander beat Lee Purdy of the UK in an easy 7th round stoppage last May.
Alexander had been scheduled to fight Kell Brook, but that fight never materialized due to Brook suffering two injuries during training camp that caused the fight to be canceled.
Porter is a decent fighter with good power and nice hand speed. However, he’s not in the same class as Alexander and this should be a fairly one-sided fight.