Amir Khan entered Saturday night looking to make a statement. He came out dazzling with the performance of his life.
A Near Shutout
Khan totally outclassed Devon Alexander in the 12 round main event of “Royal Battle” on Saturday Night. The 28 year old Khan owned almost every round to pitch a near shutout before a cheering crowd of 7,768 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The judges scored the bout 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110 in Khan’s favor, and rightfully so.
Khan controlled the bout right from the opening bell as he immediately set his distance from Alexander with his jab. Alexander tried to follow Khan all over the ring, but he was unable to let go of his hands and was only able to tag Khan with one punch counters as Khan was quicker on the draw with his lightning quick combinations. There were no knockdowns in this contest, but it was so lopsided that it probably felt like a knockout loss to Alexander, who suffered just the second defeat of his career.
Impressive Win Against Impressive Foe
Amir Khan looked impressive in his second fight as a full-fledged welterweight. He was too strong and too quick for Alexander, a former three time world champion, who was supposed to be the toughest foe in his professional career. It was clear that with his height and wide body structure, Khan was able to carry the extra pounds very well. And despite moving up in weight, his punches have retained their pop as he was able to catch Alexander’s attention all throughout the contest.
Khan’s game has showed continued progress under the wings of famed trainer Virgil Hunter. Nothing was more evident in their third fight together than Khan’s focus. In previous bouts, Hunter noted that Khan would deviate from their game plan at certain portions of the bout. This time, the teacher gave Khan a 9.9 out of 10 in terms of performance because his student stuck with their strategy and won convincingly.
Finally Floyd Jr. Speaks
While Khan and his camp believe that they have put the stamp on their Mayweather ballot with his electrifying performance against Alexander, he may get bypassed once again in the hunt for Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The day before Khan fought Alexander, Mayweather appeared on Showtime and broke his long silence about the fight that WBO boxing fans have been waiting for years now. Mayweather publicly called out Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao and dared him to a Cinco de Mayo weekend showdown on May 2, 2015. It was the first time ever that Mayweather directly said that he wanted to fight the Filipino and while negotiations have yet to start, Money’s strong words has made the boxing world salivate about the Dream Fight one more time.
A Day Dream Fight
The Mayweather-Pacquiao dream fight has been in the sport’s pipeline since 2009 but has never materialized despite numerous negotiations. The most notable one was in early 2010 when the two parties had agreed on everything except the drug testing procedure. After that deal fell off, the succeeding talks haven’t been as extensive and the dream fight has remained an elusive dream.
Mayweather has been mum on Pacquiao since the Pacman lost to Tim Bradley. He then completely took Pacquiao off his radar after Manny was knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez. But after Pacquiao’s victory over Chris Algieri last November, Bob Arum renewed the fire for the fight by launching an all-out verbal assault on Mayweather. Pacquiao himself even starred in a Footlocker commercial that seemed to mock Mayweather’s reluctance to face him in the ring.
King Khan or Pac Man?
Khan has been hell bent of fighting Mayweather since last year and you’ve got to give him points for his effort. He even took a 14 month layoff just to get himself available for the Money bout. But even after winning Mayweather’s own online poll, he’s been bypassed twice in favor of Argentine brawler Marcos Maidana. With Mayweather finally calling out Pacquiao, Khan’s claim to a Mayweather bout is once again challenged.
Will the third time be the charm for King Khan? Or will it be strike three for him?