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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.


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