Britain's Amir Khan will face off with former world champion Devon Alexander this December in a fight he cannot afford to lose.
Khan, aged 27, has some of the fastest hands in the business and under trainer Virgil Hunter he seems to have a new found discipline in the ring. Too often in the past has Khan been too brave and left himself wide open to big shots when he should be looking to cover up and keep out of trouble.
A new Khan?
Last time out against the experienced and durable Luis Collazo, Khan out on an absolute master class of hitting and not getting hit in return. He was in and out before Collazo knew what had happened and completely dominated the fight.
Khan looked much more physically solid in his first outing at welterweight and looked muscular and strong, which isn't something regularly associated with Khan over the years.
The Bolton-born bruiser has been very vocal about getting a shot at pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather and if he is to get that lucrative shot than he must beat Alexander.
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Alexander, also aged 27, is a very technically good fighter who has faced a host of top names including the likes of Timothy Bradley, Lucas Mattysse, Marcos Maidana, and Shawn Porter.
Alexander has however shown that if you out him under real pressure he can lose his composure and can be beaten. If you get into a chess-like boxing match with Alexander then you are playing to his abilities.
This fight almost took place last year when Alexander was still champion, but Khan turned down the fight, believing that he had secured a fight with Mayweather. That wasn't to come to fruition, causing immense frustration for the Brit.
This fight should make for very interesting viewing and it is a fight that Khan will be the favourite for. Alexander isn't the biggest puncher so any worries about Khan's chin shouldn't be a problem.
Blueprint To Beat Alexander
Alexander is however a former two-weight world champion with good speed and footwork. His two losses have come against Timothy Bradley and Shawn Porter, who both looked to use aggressive styles against Alexander.
This isn't the style of fighting which suits Khan best though and he will do well not to stand up close and trade throughout the fight. He is so much more effective when he looks to land his quick combinations and get out of range.
This will be a difficult fight for both men and for some this is Khan's toughest test to date against a very tricky opponent. Khan will have to be in top form and fully concentrated on the task in hand if he is to come away victorious.
Khan Looking Past Alexander?
This wouldn't however be the first time that Khan has looked beyond an opponent and come unstuck, and old habits die hard. This is however vitally important to Khan and he should have his full attention on Alexander.
Khan To Win
I expect Khan to come out on top with a points win, but this will be no easy task for him and he may have to dig deep at times to claim the victory. He has too much speed and seems to be more disciplined now and that should be enough to carry him through this fight.
This is a make or break fight for both men and a shot at Mayweather could be the prize for the winner.