SAN DIEGO, December 13, 2014 – British welterweight Amir Khan put himself in position to be Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent with a surprisingly dominating performance over Devon Alexander in front of 7,768 fans at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
How dominant? Judges scored it this way: John McKay 118-110, Glen Feldman 119-109, and Jerry Roth 120-108 for Khan (30-3, 19 KOs). Judges gave rounds one and eight to Alexander. In a contest of speed, Khan wins every time. He was able to launch and land three and four punch combinations on Alexander (26-3, 14 KOs).
Alexander answered as best he could with countershots, and he would land a few, but not nearly at the volume of Khan. CompuBox stats showed Khan dominating in every category: double the connect percentage, triple the number of jabs, and landing half his power punches. Khan threw 100 punches more overall than Alexander. Those are winning numbers every time.
After the fight, Khan told Showtime’s Jim Gray “We had to make a statement in the 147 division… it was one of my best performances.” Khan said he controlled the action with his speed and by staying disciplined, boxing rather than banging. “I’m the best boxer and the quickest hands in the world. Virgil Hunter is teaching me when to attack,” said Khan. “I have the bets jab in the business, with a quick jab and quick hands it causes a lot of problems for guys. I was moving to the left more, the drills I did with Virgil taught me to move to the left.”
Gray asked Khan about a Mayweather matchup. Of course he’s game. “Last year it didn’t happen. I really believe I’ve earned my shot… Khan versus Mayweather would be huge. We’re going to take the belt off him… Floyd is one of the best fighters in the world. But I want my chance.”
Whether it’s at Wembley or in Las Vegas, it’s a fight worth seeing.
Welterweight Keith “One Time” Thuman (24-0, 21 KOs) went more rounds with European welterweight champion Leonard Bardu (31-1, 11 KOs) of Italy than most fans expected, especially after a first round knockdown of the Italian by Thurman. The fight went the distance. Thurman prevailed in all the statistical categories and won a unanimous decision by identical scores of 120-107. The crowd booed the result.
Bardu’s movement and aggression caused Thurman to be more cautious than he customarily is, perhaps due to coming back from a shoulder injury. The fans weren’t happy with the course of the fight, booing the lack of action on and off throughout the fight. But Thurman had to fight smarter, not harder, to ensure he won the decision against the undefeated Bardu.
After the fight, Showtime’s Jim Gray asked Thurman if his eight months off was showing durin the fight. “I believe it kind of was, but again Bundu was a smart fighter. He was tricky, I never met a fighter like him. He’s an Olympian, he came not to get knocked out… We were patient and we boxed smart, that was all I was trying to do. It was a great learning experience for the 26 year old Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman.” Because we all love it when athletes refer to themselves in the third person. As boos continued to rain down, Thuman said “This is the sport of boxing, this is how I want to fight… For those who love Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman, I appreciate your love and support.”
Three-time world champion Abner Mares (28-1, 15 KOs) made a good case for himself, scoring a TKO victory after the corner of challenger Jose Ramirez of Mexico (25-5-1, 15 KOs) stopped the fight following round five. Mares got busy early and made it a fan friendly outing by standing right in against Ramirez. You can argue Mares took more damage than he needed to, but after trading with Ramirez the way he did and getting the better of it, fans will be happy to see him again soon.
After the bout, Mares declared “Abner Mares is back!” When asked who he wants next, it’s clear he wants to avenge his loss to Jhonny Gonzalez, but also named Nicholas Walters, Vasyl Lomachenko, and Leo Santa Cruz among others. It’s going to be a good 2015 in the lightweight division.
Middleweight Jermall Charlo (20-0-0, 17 KOs) showed nice versatility with his punches but no big surprise as he took care of an overwhelmed Lenny Bottai (22-3, 9 KOs) of Italy in under three rounds. Charlo immediately called out his mandatory opponent, Cornelius Brundage. For his part, Brundage tweeted back, “Charlo just beat a guy with soccer shoes on. @futureofboxing I’m not impressed. They gave u the #1 u ain’t ready trust me #dogRus”
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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