In the early hours of Sunday morning (UK time) Bolton’s Amir Khan will face American pugilist Devon Alexander in Las Vegas and whilst no major belts are on the line, the winner could well be next in line to take on Floyd Mayweather Junior, a dream fight for both of these ambitious boxers approaching their peak years in the sport.
Khan, 28, said “Winning this next fight could lead to a massive fight but I’m not looking past Alexander,” but if he isn’t, the fans certainly are. Of course, his opponent here will provide very stiff opposition but the British fighter looks to be improving, his defence is better since working with Virgil Hunter, and his welterweight debut was equally encouraging when he easily outpointed Luis Collazo back in May.
Both men have similar records, with Khan’s currently 32-3 with 19 Kos and Alexander, who is just a few months younger than his opponent, boasting a record of 26 wins and two defeats, with 16 knockouts. Alexander, whose defeats came to Timothy Bradley and more recently Shawn Porter, is a southpaw but, like Khan, he is fast and hoping to put recent setbacks behind him here.
Khan claims the move up to 147 pounds has helped him, stating the weight feels more natural and those claims looked to have truth in them as he convincingly defeated Collazo at the MGM Grand, the same venue being used for this clash. The feeling amongst the pundits is that Khan should prove that little bit better in every respect, the only question mark – as ever – concerning his chin.
If you want to have a bet on this fight then top British bookie Betfred has an offer that should interest those who fancy a bet on the Method of Victory or the Round Betting markets. Just place a pre-match wager on either of these markets and if the fight ends before the sixth round then Betfred will refund losing bets as a free bet up to a £100 maximum.
There isn’t actually too much else to add about this offer, but note that the fight must be stopped before the end of the fifth round for the refund to kick in and that stoppages due to forfeit, withdrawal or disqualification will not activate the refund.
Given Khan’s superiority we’re fairly confident that he will win this one on points and that would be our betting tip at nice odds of 10/11. The most likely way we see that not happening is if Alexander catches him cold with a big punch early on (which would mean the promotion insurance would kick in) so that really does look like a great option, although at longer odds backing Khan to win the bout in the 10th (25/1) or 11th or 12th (both at 33/1) could prove to be good bets.