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]