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Khan, Alexander to collide on December 13

Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime

Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime

Fighters Amir Khan, Devon Alexander and Victor Ortiz were present for the Los Angeles portion of the press tour for ‘Royal Battle’, a fight card set to take place December 13 on regular HBO.

Khan, who will be facing fellow welterweight Alexander at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, spoke of what the fight means to him.

“This fight means a lot to me. At the end of the day it’s going to be a tough fight against an A-class opponent who I really believe I can shine against. This is a big fight for me. I’m one of those fighters that loves a battle and that’s exactly what this fight will be. I really want people to tune in and enjoy the show.”

Khan also spoke on a possible Floyd Mayweather match in the event of a win in December against Alexander.

“I look at this as a make or break fight for me. I am focused 100 percent on this fight. [Floyd] Mayweather is motivation for me, makes me work harder, but my main goal is to get past this fight. If I win this fight it will take me onto bigger and better things. This is a statement fight for me and if I beat [Devon] Alexander, then I believe I have secured my position in a super fight, but it’s all about winning this fight and looking good.

Alexander also looks at the match as having big implications.

“It’s going to be a huge fight, everyone’s talking about it and everyone knows what it means. This fight can catapult me to the top level. I’m ready to fight; it’s going to be awesome. Two guys with speed that are both determined not to lose. We have both tasted defeat and don’t want to taste it any longer, so that makes for a great fight.


Fellow welterweight Victor Ortiz will also be featured on the December card. The one-time WBC champion spoke of moving forward following his latest loss in the ring to Luis Collazo, which was a knockout stoppage.

“I’ve fallen a few times in my career, it happens. I don’t care what career you choose to do, you’re going to fall. You get up and shake it off and move forward.

Ortiz spoke of venturing out to various other forms of entertainment which included sharing the silver screen with a Hollywood A-lister.

“Two years ago I broke my jaw in a fight, but I didn’t sit around feeling sorry for myself. I immediately took on Dancing with the Stars and six weeks in I was eliminated. From there I get a call from Sylvester Stallone to do Expendables 3. Why not? I can’t fight and my jaw is still shattered, so I went to Eastern Europe for three months.”

Ortiz says Hollywood aside, he’s ready to get pack to punching for pay.

“I’ve put two films aside to fight on Dec. 13. I could’ve trained and acted at the same time but I knew that I had to focus completely on this fight.”

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