The winner of the Amir Khan-Devon Alexander fight will likely face Floyd Mayweather in May 2015, according to a new report.
The Boxing Scene blog says that the winner of the December 13 bout in Las Vegas is “a likely frontrunner” to face Mayweather next year.
The blog interviewed promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, who says that Khan will easily win.
“I think Amir wins quite comfortably,” Hearn said.
But he also wonders if Khan will be able to motivate himself for the fight.
“It’s a dangerous fight for Amir because it’s a nothing fight. It’s one of those ‘can you really get yourself up for Devon Alexander’ when you desperately want the Mayweather fight,” Hearn said.
He said that if Khan wins and doesn’t get Mayweather next year, he’ll likely face Kell Brook.
Mayweather has expressed interest recently in fighting Khan.
“My Dad is desperate for me to take the Khan fight, he just wants me to shut the kid up and put him down,” Mayweather Jr. was quoted by the Daily Mail.
“My Dad doesn’t like fighters trash talking his son – but he knows as well as I do that if the fight happen–then I am going to punish him. If he thinks he can trash talk me and get away with it he needs to think again.”
“My Dad wants the fight, I want to put him on his backside, so hopefully we can make it happen,” he added.
“I have always said that nobody has any right just to get a fight with me. I am nobody’s pay day, I am nobody’s meal ticket. I take fights that I believe will test me, and will put on a good show for the fans. I ain’t ever taken a fight just because somebody has been running off their mouth. If Khan gets his fight – it will be because I think he deserves a shot.”
And Oscar De La Hoya said that both Khan and Alexander are out to prove themselves.
“Amir Khan looked good against my boy Collazo, but I have a feeling he wants to make a statement against Alexander, and Alexander is coming off a good win in a good action fight with Soto Karass,” De La Hoya told ESPN.
“What’s happening here is they realize they have to prove themselves if they want to get a really big fight, like against Mayweather.”