By: Jackson Park (@jackson_park92)
This Saturday night, Welterweights Amir Khan & Devon Alexander will grace the ring of Las Vegas’s fight mecca, The MGM Grand.
On the line is the WBC silver title, or more significantly, a step closer to the golden ticket fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Bolton born Amir Khan will aim to defeat Alexander in good fashion, this will hopefully raise the demand for a 2015 world title clash with the Pound for Pound king. Stylistically its difficult to gage how well the fight will take off, Amir is known for his blistering hand speed, technical prowess, vulnerability and occasional recklessness. With his latest trainer, Virgil Hunter, Amir has begun to show us a side of real control and thought. The established and respected coach appears to have ironed out some defensive flaws as well as preventing Amir’s lapses in concentration. In his last bout, against Luis Collazo, Khan showed us his A game, boxing the ears off the seasoned Pro, dropping him 3 times on his way to a wide points victory.
Devon Alexander is known for his slick Southpaw skills. Often opting to counter his opponents attacks with lightning reflexes and fast combinations. He does tend to struggle with extremely aggressive fighters, as he did against Shawn Porter and Lucas Matthysse, he fights best when setting his own pace. The St Louis boxer moves well around the ring, he can be allusive but also appears to have a good chin.
For me, the fight could be 1 of 3 things. A chess match, where both pick and score single shots. A wrestling match, both boxers have a tendency to hold, this could make for a messy night. The least likely but still a possibility, involves both men landing clean and accurate combinations back and forth over the 12 rounds, both have defensive flaws as well as fast and accurate punches.
I think the key punch for Amir Khan is the jab over the jab. knocking Alexanders southpaw jab down and throwing his own over the top. The key punch for Alexander could be throwing a lead left hand, straight down the middle when Amir opens up.by