Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has told WBN that the proposed IBF welterweight title clash between Devon Alexander and Amir Khan in December has a long way to go until finalisation.
Schaefer was reacting to reports in today’s Daily Mail that Alexander and Khan would meet on December 7 in a bout that would see the winner in line to fight pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the spring of 2014.
Alexander and Khan, both 26, have been vocal in the wider media about the possibility of a future meeting and both fighters are said to keen on a deal being done. Negotiations are already said to be ongoing between the pair, which would see Bolton-based Khan attempt to join Alexander as a two-weight world champion.
‘King’ Khan has now overtaken British rival Kell Brook in the pecking order to meet Alexander after ‘The Special One’ was forced to withdraw from his world title chance in May through injury and watched on as replacement Lee Purdy was dispatched without fuss by the American.
In hindsight, Brook could have set up a huge meeting with the Olympic silver medallist himself later this year, but now has to be content with a rematch against Carson Jones in Hull this July as nemesis Khan moves on to bigger things.
With a multi-million pound shot at the world’s best on offer for the winner of Alexander v Khan, the stakes couldn’t be higher for both men to knuckle down and agreed a deal, which could see the clash head to Dubai in the Persian Gulf.