Amir Khan had the most to gain from any of the fights on a loaded Saturday that saw both networks HBO and Showtime Sports showcasing cards.Easily handling a veteran and top 10 ranked welterweight in Devon Alexander was exactly what Khan needed to compete for the Mayweather Sweepstakes. The statement win puts Khan near the top of the list of potential Mayweather opponents for Spring ’15.
Khan showcased his lighting quick punching speed with combination after combination; his jab is probably the quickest in the sport. With a new focus thanks to trainer Virgil Hunter, Khan exhibited discipline and wasn’t as exposed as he’d been in past fights. Counter punching, sneering defense, and the ability to take a punch (yes, that glass chin was tested!) proved key ingredients to an exciting fight.
The fight against Alexander was originally supposed to take place last December for Alexander’s welterweight title. Khan passed in the 11th hour and avoided the risk/reward Alexander offered, instead opting for a a chance that Mayweather would choose him in the Spring. Unfortunately for Khan, Marcos Maidana was called upon instead. Maidana was coming off a dominant performance against Adrian Broner.
Alexander ended up losing his title that night against Shawn Porter, who would later lose to British youngster Kell Brook, potentially setting up a massive all British title fight sometime in the future against Khan. While last night didn’t have as much at stake in the name of a title, it had the test Amir Khan needed to prove he belonged in the big fights at 147lbs. I for one hope Khan is in more big fights next year and remains active.
Below’s a look at the recap of the Khan/Alexander fight and as well as the other action on the undercard.