Khan routs Alexander, says he deserves Mayweather fight
Milan Ordoņez on Dec 14, 2014 02:22 PM
Photo credit: Showtime Boxing Official Facebook fan page
MANILA – Amir Khan feels he stated his case for his own fight with boxing’s top dog.
“King Khan” simply dominated former light welterweight world champion Devon Alexander in front of the thousands in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night, in what was believed to be his career all-time best performance.
Since the opening bell rang-in, Khan was beating Alexander to the punch with his crisp jabs and combination punching. Along with his accuracy, movement and timing, he proved to be too much for Alexander to handle. Compubox scores also had Khan in the lead, landing 54% of his power shots. Alexander’s stats were pale in comparison, landing only 32% of the same punches.
But it was the British fighter’s jabs that spelled the difference of the fight. Since being under the tutelage of legendary trainer Virgil Hunter, Khan had sharpened this particular aspect of the game, in which he was grateful enough to give credit for during the post-fight interview with Showtime’s Jim Gray.
"I have the best jab in the business, I believe,” Khan said with confidence. “With my speed, it causes a lot of problems for guys. Devon throws a jab and brings it down, and he was open for a left hook. I was moving to the left more. It worked for me all night."
With this impressive victory, Khan also believes that he has positioned himself for a possible fight against the sport’s pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"I believe Khan vs Mayweather will be huge,” said Khan. The UK fans will support, and we'll come to take the belt off of him. He's the best fighter in the world, but I want my chance. I'll leave it to Al Haymon and my team."
Khan now improves to a record of 30-3 (19 victories by knockout) while retaining his WBC Silver welterweight title. Alexander, on the other hand, drops to a win-loss slate of 26-3 (14 victories by knockout).
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