KHAN’S SET FOR DEVON OR HELL
AMIR KHAN’S battle against IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander on December 7 has finally been agreed.
Alexander had been dragging his heels over money, but now appears to have been satisfied financially and contracts are being drafted.
Golden Boy Promotions hope to announce the venue inside two weeks, but it looks increasingly likely that Brooklyn’s Barclays Center will host the fight.
Khan, 26, wants the bout to be staged in Dubai, but organisers in the UAE are yet to convince Golden Boy that they are capable of staging the 12-round clash, although they are being given time.
Richard Schaefer, Golden Boy CEO, said: “Both of them want the fight this year.”
Khan has already started preparing and flew in his conditioning trainer from the US before moving to his Californian camp early next month.
It will be the most important fight of Khan’s eight-year pro stretch.
If he defeats the slick American he is tipped to land a career-defining fight against Floyd Mayweather next May.
Alexander, 26, is a two-weight world champion and landed his world title last October by outpointing heavy-handed veteran Randall Bailey.
In May he forced Colchester’s Lee Purdy to quit on his stool after seven rounds.
CRUCIAL CLASH: Khan