Khan-Alexander winner in line for Mayweather or Pacquiao fights

Amir Khan and Devon Alexander share a few things in common as they prepare to share the ring on December 13 in Las Vegas, firstly that both have been named by Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao as prospective future opponents.

Secondly, Khan and Alexander are currently 27 years old and third both former unified light-welterweight world champions who have their sights set on regaining their position at the top of the sport.

In a pre-Christmas feast in the boxing capital of the world, Khan puts his WBC silver welterweight belt on the line against Alexander, with the winner to be handily placed to fight either Mayweather in May or Pacquiao later on in the summer of 2015.

The final points of the event are currently being ironed out by Golden Boy Promoter Oscar De La Hoya for a card that is also slated to consist of a co-feature between WBO light-middleweight champion Demetirus Andrade and Jermell Charlo and further undercard offering between welterweight puncher Keith Thurman and ex-EBU title holder Leonard Bundu.

Khan’s lofty position as the number one at 147lbs with the WBC means that a mandatory shot at Mayweather is almost certainly stake, although a Pacquiao would be squarely in the bargaining as De La Hoya and Top Rank boss Bob Arum are currently working in tandem once again.

Mayweather would get first choosing due to his history of interest in a bout with Khan and Alexander, the latter of whom the pound for pound king once announced would be his opponent before eventually being stipulated by the WBC to meet Robert Guerrero.

Everyone knows the story of how Khan missed out in a two-man vote against Marcos Maidana earlier this year, despite having apparently come out on top of a poll placed on the Mayweather Promotions website.

Having dusted himself down and carved out an impressive win over Luis Collazo on Mayweather’s PPV card, Khan is now primed to be earn his shot at the world’s best provided he can out-box Alexander at the Mandalay Bay.

Alexander will be no easy ride for the former Olympic silver medallist though – as the two talented technicians fight it out to be considered a leading candidate by the top two for a world title shot in the New Year.

Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay for tweets of upcoming news on WBN