Devon Alexander: I’ll still fight Amir Khan
Two-weight world title holder Devon Alexander has exclusively told WBN that a fight with Amir Khan remains possible this year despite the Briton pulling out of a scheduled clash in December.
The 27 year-old lost his IBF welterweight title to Shawn Porter before Christmas in a fight that was originally agreed with Khan until the Bolton man decided to pull out to focus on his promised bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr in May.
Mayweather’s decision to drop Khan in favour of Marcos Maidana has now left Khan in limbo for his next fight and Alexander has stated that he would be interested in reigniting negotiations with the ex-140lb champion.
“Well it could have been me and Amir Khan in December but he gambled with the Floyd fight and now he is out of luck!” Alexander told World Boxing News on Wednesday.
“Even though he ditched me for Mayweather, I still would fight him because he is a good name on my resume and we both need to fight.”
Khan made an official statement yesterday in which the fighter made clear that he doesn’t want to waste anymore time after almost a year out, with Alexander said to be one of his options alongside Lamont Peterson and Adrien Broner.
Alexander was in the frame himself to battle Mayweather in 2013 when the pound for pound king famously sent out a tweet declaring ‘The Great’ as his next opponent, only for the WBC to force ‘Money’ to defend against mandatory contender Robert Guerrero.
If Khan agreea a deal for a clash with the American in late April or early May, potentially on the Mayweather v Maidana undercard, the winner could then be in the frame for Floyd in September – as Alexander doesn’t give the Argentinian challenger much hope of an upset in the spring.
“I give Maidana a punching chance of defeating Mayweather, but other than that – nothing,” he said.
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