This coming weekend Amir 'King' Khan will return to the ring against former two-weight world champion Devon Alexander.
Khan, aged 28, seems to have been around forever, having risen to public notoriety at the tender age of 17 when he became a silver medallist at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Khan was the glory boy of British boxing with his exciting fighting style and amazingly quick hands. He has since fallen from grace with damaging defeats to the likes of Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia.
The Peterson loss is riddled with controversy with point deductions, interference with judges' scorecards and possible performance enhancing drugs being taken by Peterson. Many feel Khan won the fight despite all of the controversy, but he wasn't given the decision and it appeared to affect him going into his next fight with Garcia.
Khan started off the fight with Garcia with fantastic, quick combinations but he left his chin exposed and was made to pay with a devastating knockout loss.
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Khan A more mature Boxer Now?
Khan has since gone on to solidify his defensive technique and perhaps more importantly reassess his mental strategy going into the ring. His dominant performance earlier this year against the resurgent Luis Collazo highlighted a maturity to Khan's boxing.
He kept the dangerous Collazo at distance and used his superior boxing skills to outclass his opponent on the night. He hardly got caught with a shot himself and put on a boxing master-class.
Alexander A Tough Test
Khan will however surely face a sterner test in his second fight at welterweight against the aforementioned Alexander. His opponent, aged 27, holds an impressive record of 26 wins and two losses, with fights against the likes of DeMarcus Corley, Junior Witter, Andriy Kotelnik, Timothy Bradley, Lucas Matthysse, Marcos Maidana and Shawn Porter.
Alexander is a slick southpaw with good speed and technical boxing skills who should prove a very stern test for Khan. In fact, many believe that Alexander could well walk away from this fight as the winner.
Alexander Mental Weakness
Alexander has shown himself to be a top level boxer over the years but there does appear to be a mental weakness to his game. When you have the skill to get past his boxing skills and really put the pressure on him, he seems to lose his cool.
Alexander doesn't appear to like to get into a tough fight and the likes of Bradley and Porter have benefited from this. Khan however isn't himself best suited to a scrappy fight and therefore isn't likely to try and employ such tactics.
Khan is much better suited to using his own skill-set and looking to walk away with a points victory. Victory is essential for Khan if he is going to get his dream shot at pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather.
Mayweather Fight In Store?
A fight with Mayweather would be intriguing just to see how the ageing American is able to deal with the lightning-fast combinations of the Brit. Khan has been looking to fight Mayweather for several years now and it has provided a distraction in the past. It must not do so again or it could cost Khan his dreams.
Khan To Come Away Winner
Big fights await Khan if he is to come through successfully this weekend but that shouldn't be an easy task at all.
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