Amir Khan Destroys Devon Alexander And Will Be ‘Big Trouble’ for Floyd Mayweather

Amir Khan destroyed Devon Alexander in a a brutal display in Las Vegas on Saturday night, winning by a unanimous decision.

One year after pulling out of a fight with Alexander in order to facilitate a bout with Floyd Mayweather, Khan dazzled the Las Vegas crowd, easily outclassing Alexander. Khan was simply too quick and too strong for the respected three-time world champion and dominated a contest scored 120-108 by ESPN in favour of Amir Khan.

In only his second fight as a welterweight, Khan controlled the contest with his jab and connected with 243 damaging punches to his opponent’s 91 shots.

“We worked hard for this fight. I needed to make a statement and I did that. Devon was a very skillfull fighter. It was a tough fight but I have proved myself at welterweight.”

After a dazzling display like this, the clamor for Mayweather to recognize Khan as the rightful challenger to his throne will surely prove irresistible. And there are many who feel that Amir Khan could prove more than a handful for “Money” Mayweather. Khan’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, was ecstatic with the performance, claiming “now I know why Mayweather doesn’t want to fight him.”

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In fact, Amir Khan might just be the only fighter out there with the jab and the speed to nullify the tactical battle that Floyd likes to draw his opponents into.

“I have a feeling Mayweather will think twice now of fighting Amir Khan. He showed focus, speed, angles, balance; he fought almost a perfect fight with a southpaw, which is very complicated.”

In his third fight with trainer Virgil Hunter – who rated the performance 9.9/10 – Khan showed further improvements and looked a fighter maturing with age and experience. With Mayweather’s powers likely to be waning, the prospect of a contest in early 2015 is mouthwatering. With Manny Pacquiao on the decline, Kevin Mitchell of The Guardian even argues that nobody really cares anymore about a Pacquiao / Mayweather contest that should have happened long ago.

But will Mayweather dodge Khan, just as he did Pacquiao for so long? When asked if securing the Mayweather fight was his No. 1 priority for Khan, De La Hoya responded, “Oh boy, please. Please.”

“You can see the determination in Khan’s eyes. He wants Mayweather. You can see it in his work ethic and in this fight.”

If the fight is to take place, it won’t be on Amir Khan’s terms, and the logistical and financial arrangements would likely prove just as difficult as the bout itself.

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