Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander to be televised on Sky Sports
By Scott Gilfoid: Next month’s clash between #1 WBC, #2 WBA, #5 WBO Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) and #4 IBF Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs) will be televised on Sky Sports 1. This is a big deal for Khan, because he hasn’t beaten a solid opponent since his win over Marcos Maidana way back in 2010.
Khan’s victories since then have come against either over-the-hill fighters or 2nd tier guys that never rated to begin with. Sky Sports is giving Khan a huge gift in televising his fight against Alexander rather than waiting to see if Khan is able to get past this guy, which is arguably what Sky should be doing.
The Khan-Alexander fight will be taking place on December 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will be televised by Showtime. The only title on the line will be Khan’s World Boxing Council Silver welterweight strap, which isn’t a major belt unfortunately.
Khan believes that a win over Alexander, 27, will lead to him getting a title shot against either WBA/WBC 147lb champion Floyd Mayweather Jr or WBO champion Manny Pacquiao. Whether that in fact will come true will likely depend a lot on how Khan looks against Alexander.
If Khan chooses to push, hold and put Alexander in head-locks all night long like Khan did in his last fight against Luis Collazo, then it’s highly unlikely that Khan will get a fight against Mayweather or Pacquiao.
The last thing they’re going to want to do is fight an MMA guy who bends the rules 24/7. Hopefully the referee does his job on December 13th and controls Khan’s fouling, because Alexander won’t stand a chance if Khan is allowed to hold, shove and put him in head-locks all night long. Khan’s last opponent Luis Collazo never stood a chance against Khan given all the holding Khan was allowed to do.
“The big fights are there for me,” Khan said to Sky Ringside. “I’m ready for those big fights. My name is getting mentioned alongside Mayweather and Pacquiao. This fight [against Alexander] can lead to one of those big fights and it’s about time we got that in.”
Also on the Khan-Alexander card are the following fights:
Jermall Charlo vs. Lenny Bottai
Keith Thurman vs. Leonard Bundu
Victor Ortiz vs. Manuel Perez
Jermell Charlo vs. Mario Alberto Lozano
Abner Mares vs. Jose Ramirez
Beibut Shumenov vs. Bobby Thomas Jr
Errol Spence vs. Mike Arnaoutis