x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Alexander fight on schedule, Amir Khan’s team clarify

Reports that Amir Khan may shun the December fight to have a straight bout with Mayweather for IBF welterweight world title.

Amir Khan’s team has dismissed reports that the Bolton fighter has pulled out of his potential December fight against Devon Alexander in order to face Floyd Mayweather.

Khan is set to face Alexander for the IBF welterweight world title on December 7 with only the venue to be decided, but reports emerged on Tuesday night suggesting that Khan was to scrap that bout in favour of a more lucrative match-up against the undefeated Mayweather.

Team Khan has moved swiftly to dismiss them, however, insisting that the 26-year-old is fully focused on taking on Alexander before the end of the year.

“Team Khan would like to dispel recent reports that Amir Khan has pulled out of a potential match-up against Devon Alexander on December 7th, taking up a fight against Floyd Mayweather in May of next year instead,” read a statement.

“Contrary to this story, Amir Khan is currently in training camp in San Francisco with the aim of fighting again in December against Alexander once an agreement can be reached.”

Tuesday night’s reports had suggested that Khan would shun the Alexander fight, set for New York or Dubai, and instead go straight into a fight against Mayweather in Las Vegas on May 3.