Khan not fighting Mayweather next; still training for Alexander
By Scott Gilfoid: According to press statement from Team Khan, Amir is training for a December 7th fight against IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander and not for a big fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. next year in May. What a shocker.
There have been reports for the past week that Khan was going to skip the Alexander fight and go straight to a big money fight against Mayweather.
Here’s the statement from Team Khan:
“Team Khan would like to dispel recent reports that Amir Khan has pulled out of a potential match-up against Devon Alexander on December 7th, taking up a fight against Floyd Mayweather in May of Next year instead. Contrary to this story, Amir Khan is currently in training camp in San Francisco with the aim of fighting again in December against Alexander once an agreement can be reached.”
I wonder what the deal is? Did Mayweather reject the Khan fight after hearing all the negative press from you fans about it or did Khan always plan on fighting Alexander in December all along. Frankly, I don’t believe it. I get the impression that Mayweather’s people got wind of the mountain of complaints about the Khan-Mayweather fight from the fans, and they nixed the fight. That makes the most sense, doesn’t it? It would have been an insane move on Mayweather’s part to fight Khan right now, because the uproar that it cause from fans against the fight would be incredible.
Looks like Khan has little choice but to fight Alexander if he wants to stay in the running for the Mayweather fight. I think Khan is doomed. Alexander is too good for him, and he’s going to spank him bad on December 7th unless Khan backs out of the fight and finds someone beatable in the same mold as little light welterweight Carlos Molina. I mean, Khan wants the Mayweather fight, but if you put him in with Alexander, he’s going to get destroyed quick, and his dream of fighting Mayweather will go down the drain with that defeat. It’s good that Khan’s training already for the fight, but it’s going to make any difference. Alexander is too skilled, too powerful and too talented for Khan, and he’s going to knock him out in this fight.
What Khan should be doing is trying to convince Golden Boy Promotions to stick him in with a different welterweight instead of Alexander. If they put Khan back in with the light hitting Paulie Malignaggi, Khan is going to shine in a big way. Mayweather might be pleased enough with another Khan win over Malignaggi to bless him as an opponent.
I don’t think the hardcore boxing fans will have changed their minds about a Khan-Mayweather fight, but Khan could still get the fight anyway if he impresses Mayweather. But if Khan fights Alexander, he’s going to lose and lose in a dramatic fashion by getting knocked out. That’s just a really bad match-up for Khan and I don’t think he’s capable of beating a talent like Alexander.