Khan vs. Alexander on Dec. 13 for potential shot at world titleWritten by Brian Opal
The event will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. and will be broadcast on Showtime Boxing at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST.
The two combatants were almost set to meet late last year, but Khan walked away from negotiations to focus on securing a big money deal with lineal Welterweight/Jr. Middleweight champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. However, Team Khans's decision to put the Alexander fight on the backburner did not pan out as planned because Mayweather instead chose to face Marcos Maidana. Speaking of Maidana, one of the few things Khan and Alexander have in common is that they've both beat him in the past.
This Showtime contest is what some boxing analysts and writers consider a must-win crossroads match for both former champions. With a victory, the British superstar Khan has a good possibility of getting a title fight with his fellow countryman Kell Brook for the IBF Welterweight World championship.
If Alexander pulls off the win, he should be back in line for a major title shot as well, but there are no guarantees and his road seems a little less certain at the moment. But in the very least, a win would be enough to get a big fight with another marquee name in the division such as Juan Manuel Marquez, Keith Thurman or Shawn Porter.
"This is definitely the biggest fight of my career because this fight determines who goes to the elite level and who has to start back over again."
"This fight determines who the cream of the crop is and I plan on showing people that I belong at the top...it's going to be a huge fight, everyone's talking about it and everyone knows what it means...I'm ready to fight; it's going to be awesome."
Two guys with speed that are both determined not to lose. We've both tasted defeat and don't want to taste it any longer, so that makes for a great fight."
Khan vs Alexander will be contested for the former's WBC Silver Welterweight belt as well as the WBA International title. Alexander is currently ranked number three by the IBF and with this win, would have a very good chance at becoming the IBF number-one contender. The winner could possibly even become the mandatory challenger for the WBC World Welterweight title at some point.
There are a few things that are quite intriguing about this match-up. For starters, if Khan wins he's highly likely to get a major title shot right away and it'll probably be held at a gigantic venue in Britain, which would turn out to be a highly lucrative event. For a confident top contender who believes he has the skills, speed, reflexes and talent to beat Kell Brook, in his mind a win may equate to solidifying his position as the most popular prizefighter in the U.K.
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"I look at this as a make or break fight for me. I am focused 100 percent...if I win this fight it will take me onto bigger and better things.
This is a statement fight for me and if I beat Alexander, then I believe I have secured my position in a super fight, but it's all about winning this fight and looking good," explains Khan.
The two 147-pounders are almost identical in size as both are 5'8 1/2" (174 cm) tall; Khan has a very short, insignificant 2 cm (.79 inch) reach advantage. Interesting enough, they're only two months apart in age, but the elder Khan will be turning 28-years-old just a few days before show time.
Both men rely heavily on their flashy hand speed to outbox their opponents from mid-to-long distance, but neither possesses explosive stopping power or outstanding infighting ability. Alexander is a speedy counterpuncher with all-around solid technical skills, but he may very well be forced to take the lead against Khan.
Look for Khan to focus on finding a home for his jab, then try to pick Alexander apart from his range, and at times open up with flurries of combinations.Ultimately, Khan vs Alexander is a dangerous bout for both competitors and the importance of winning it should not be understated. It's the type of fight that could have lasting career ramifications, as the loser will take a significant step down as opposed to moving up towards regaining his former elite status as a world champion. The loser also risks dropping off the top-ten rankings in the opinions of some reputable organizations such as The Ring Magazine, and that could potentially have a negative impact on the career of either pugilist.
All considered, we can expect to see Khan and Alexander take this match extremely seriously and come to fight as if it's the championship of the world.
Eric Gomez, Senior Vice President of Golden Boy Promotions, states: "We're excited about this fight card.
The main event really is a toss-up. It is two guys going at it in their prime. It's a 50-50 fight where the winner is going to be in a great place. This is the type of fight that fans want to see, where they see that guys are risking something. You can't clearly see who is going to win this fight, and that's exactly how this entire card is."