Amir Khan takes on Devon Alexander on Saturday night, with the main aim to earn the kind of decisive victory that allows Floyd Mayweather Jr’s to become his next opponent in 2015.
Khan rejected the chance to fight Alexander 12 months ago, as he thought Mayweather would give him a fight rather than eventual opponent Marcos Maidana, a man he has previously beaten.
After admitting the fight with Alexander had more weight and meaning to it last year, there is still a lot to gain for the winner now.
Vegas showcase means Khan has to deliver
Khan is out to impress as he is determined show off his new skills learnt under Virgil Hunter and put himself in Mayweather’s shop window.
He told The Mirror: "I want to show everybody that I'm a major force at 147 pounds and I'm ready to take on the best.
Big plans go well beyond Alexander
Khan isn’t short of confidence as he believes he is the future of boxing: ‘‘I have the fastest hands in the ring. I have some of the best skills in boxing. I deserve to be regarded as among the elite fighters in the world, to be talked about in the same breath as Mayweather and Pacquiao.’
The Bolton born fighter needs to remain focused on what’s in front of him. If he doesn’t take Alexander seriously in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas he can kiss his dream of fighting Mayweather goodbye.
Regardless of the outcome in the Alexander fight on Saturday, questions have been asked as to whether Khan would ever get a fight against Mayweather.
Complacency must be avoided at all costs
Mayweather Sr has openly talked about his desire for his son to take on ‘King’ Khan in 2015 as he told Fighthype.com ‘I can’t wait.’
After hearing his dads comments Mayweather Jr threatened to remove his dad from the Money Team:
‘I want my dad to be with my team, but if he continues to go out there and speak on things that he has no knowledge about without communicating with me, then I must get a new trainer.’
With conflicting stories coming out of the Mayweather camp, Khan may never get his dream fight, even if he deserves the chance.