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Alexander vs. Khan Likely Next; Devon Wants Floyd, Too

by David P. Greisman

With Amir Khan moving up to welterweight, and with Devon Alexander’s win this past Saturday over Lee Purdy, Khan and Alexander remain on track to meet in December, said Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.

That bout could provide a future opponent for Floyd Mayweather.

Here’s what Schaefer said on Friday, the day before Alexander-Purdy after the weigh-in in Atlantic City:

“I think that would be a way for Amir to get himself familiar at the 147-pound weight class, hopefully make an impression at the weight class, and that’s how you ease your way into an eventual Mayweather fight.”

Alexander also sees a Khan win as setting him up for a clash with Mayweather:

“That can be a way to entice Mayweather if I go the Khan route,” he said at Saturday’s post-fight press conference.

But Alexander also sees his current status and accomplishments as being enough to earn him a fight with the pound-for-pound king and pay-per-view attraction.

“He wants to fight the best. I think I’m one of the best at 147,” Alexander said. “I got the title. I moved up to 147 last year and I won the title at 147 with two fights at 147 … I’ve beat some of the best guys out there, back to back. I haven’t had no easy fight since [Juan] Urango, since Junior Witter. I fought ranked guys, not cherry-picked guys, no bums. I fought all top-notch guys, so why not? That’s how I see it.

“I’ve been boxing since I was 7 years old. What makes Floyd better than me?” he said. “He’s been on top probably longer than me, but I got skills, I’m fast just like him, and if you notice, any slick fighter he has problems with. Just throwing it out there. We’ll see.”

Alexander will also need to see what’s going on with the left hand he injured during the first round of the win over Purdy. He said he’d visit a doctor on Monday.

“Hopefully it’s not broken or anything,” he said. “I’m a gym rat, so I want to get back in the gym.”

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MrRolltide91 on 05-19-2013

devon would beat khan

Comment by torosboxing75 on 05-19-2013

[QUOTE=flint;13391655]DUUUUh!!!.explain that to ray's idiot ass. thats the proof why khan is the final fight for the 140 tourney.but he'll fight alexander to duck it. khan wants no part of mathysse nor garcia. his expression last night made the point.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by turnedup on 05-19-2013

GBP is at it again...hyping up mediocre fighters in hopes you'll buy another $70 lopsided ppv. By now the only people who haven't figured it out are the Floyd fans. Schaeffer and De La Hoya have taken the Arum blueprint…

Comment by turkas on 05-19-2013

[QUOTE=ChestRockwell;13392368]This is actually a good fight for Khan in that he probably won't get knocked out. Alexander can't really take much either. I think he's overrated and soft. Khans speed will match up good. Anyone else notice Danny Garcia's "oh…

Comment by ADP02 on 05-19-2013

[QUOTE=Thickback;13392436]OK, while this will be a good scrap....I don't think Khan deserves a title shot at WW. But GBP keeps Khan on a pedestal for some damn reason. Devon has a good chance of KOing Khan. Besides hurting Maidana to…

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