Amir Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter has stressed that it would be the wrong move for the former light-welterweight world champion take an interim clash with Devon Alexander if a deal can be done with pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Hunter, speaking with Steve Bunce on his BoxNation Boxing Hour show last night, reacted prior to a press release sent out by Khan’s team stating that the Briton is only focusing his attention on a possible fight with Alexander on December 7.
“From a trainer’s perspective I don’t think Amir should fight in December if they confirm the Mayweather fight,” said Hunter. “It doesn’t make sense and is not necessary. He should devote his full attention in preparation for Mayweather.”
Reports are rife that Khan is very close to sealing a multi-million dollar May 3 challenge against the best fighter of his generation, Mayweather in Las Vegas, and Hunter would like the full seven month period to prepare for the fight if it happens.
“Even If he had no date I am just glad he is here in the gym because it will help him get better and better,” he stated. “Just him being here is an advantage for him and me. It is what I have been longing for all this time.”
“I have an athlete who if I could get on track and if he can take it to the level we can make that fight interesting. “The camp would give us time to allow repetition and for us to connect. That come with repetition and drills – something Amir has never done before.
“If he can apply himself and we have a good chance of upsetting Floyd Mayweather. Amir has the attributes to do it.”
With Khan’s representatives keen to keep an IBF welterweight title fight with Alexander as a back-up incase the Mayweather fight fails to materialize, Hunter’s hands were tied on certain questions he could answer.
In the end, the coach admitted that he is only focusing on a possible fight with Alexander, although five-time world champion Zab Judah is now the frontrunner to seal a Barclays Center bout with the 147lb champion.
“He (Amir) is training and as far as I am concerned we have a fight in December. “We’re preparing to fight in December and that is what we’re training towards. Until something changes that is what we will continue to do,” confirmed Hunter.