Alexander confirms Khan fight will happen regardless of venue

IBF welterweight title holder Devon Alexander has assured World Boxing News that the much-touted defence of his belt against Amir Khan will go ahead on December 7 as talks continue over the fight destination.

There had been reports that Khan’s desire to take the fight to Dubai may end discussions between the two Golden Boy fighters, but when asked about the situation by WBN this week, the American stated that the fight ‘will happen’ at the end of the year.

Khan, 26, seems ready to bend in order to fulfill his desire to rubberstamp a first world title shot at 147lbs after initially pressing for the fight to head to the United Arab Emirates – a place where he says is crying out to host the big event.

The ball is now firmly in champion Alexander’s court on the conditions of the bout and ‘The Great’ is rumoured to favour taking on former light-welterweight ‘King’ Khan at the newly-built Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

A final decision on the venue is expected to be announced by Richard Schaefer as early as next week, with Khan’s younger brother Haroon more than likely to claim a spot on the undercard as he continues his pro run.