WBC Silver welterweight champion Amir Khan put on a masterful display in his headlining debut at boxing’s capital in Las Vegas as the Briton totally out-boxed Devon Alexander to retain his title at the MGM Grand.
The newly-turned 28 year-old was in control from the first round and didn’t let up for the duration as Khan’s superior speed and tactics had Alexander punching thin air for the majority of the contest.
Alexander had a decent eighth round as Khan seemingly took the session off, although at the final bell it was hard to see how the American could make a case to raise his arms aloft prior to the judges announcement.
Jimmy Lennon Jr read out cards of 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110, all for Khan as the 2004 Olympic silver medallist made a strong case to be considered for a fight with pound for pound best Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2015.
Mayweather, by his own admission is aiming for a clash with Manny Pacquiao upon his return on May 2, although if that mega-fight fails to materialize the fans would surely take Khan as a stand-in for what would be an intriguing clash of styles.
Khan also has an IBF title back-up in British rival Kell Brook to consider – as a mammoth UK event at Wembley Stadium could generate millions for both fighters and there has been no love lost between the two since both burst onto the scene.
Brook is set to return to action on March 7 of next year following a stabbing incident ruled him out of a December fight, with any Khan encounter likely to be targeted for June or July.