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Khan-Alexander: Will Amir keep it clean on December 13th?

By Scott Gilfoid: In a little less than two weeks from now, Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) will be putting his career on the line against former two division world champion Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs) in their 12 round fight on Showtime on December 13th from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Khan needs a win in order to keep alive his slim hopes for a fight against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. A loss for Khan would likely mean that he’ll never get a fight against Mayweather, because he doesn’t have years to wait for Khan to reestablish himself.

The real question you have to ask about the December 13th fight between Khan and Alexander is whether or not Khan will play by the rules and avoid fouling Alexander. If Khan opts to fight Alexander like he did against Lamont Peterson and Luis Collazo, then it’s going to be extremely tough for Alexander to win the fight. Khan likes to hold, shove, and pull down on the heads of his opponents.

It’s all stuff that should be penalized by the referee if he were doing his job correctly, but since it’s possible that the referee will choose to ignore Khan’s fouling, then it’s going to be tough on him to try and win a decision or score a knockout. Alexander isn’t going to have an easy time if Khan is going to be allowed to foul in this fight.

Khan used to play it fairly clean years ago in his fights, but in the last several years, he’s changed his fighting style to where he’s constantly grabbing, shoving and pulling down on the heads of his opponents. Further, he tends to put a lot of head-locks on his opponents and he gets away with it due to poor refereeing.

What’s going to be interesting about the Khan-Alexander fight on December 13th is if the referee working the fight will allow Khan to get away with fouling or not, because if he does let him foul then it’s going to be hard for Alexander to win the fight unless he gets down into the gutter with Khan to fight the same kind of fight.

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