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Khan-Alexander Showtime tripleheader set for Dec. 13

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In an effort to audition for a possible showdown with Floyd Mayweather, Amir Khan will head to Las Vegas to take on a fellow top welterweight contender in Devon Alexander.

If this fight sounds familiar, it’s because the two appeared to have a bout set up last December. The fight eventually fell through when Khan pulled out, but one year later it looks like the two will finally meet in the ring.

“There are just little details that we are finishing but Khan and Alexander are going to fight,” Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya told ESPN.com on Monday.

Khan (29-3, 19 KO) last fought on the Mayweather-Maidana I undercard. He turned in an impressive performance against veteran Luis Collazo, knocking him down three times en route to a unanimous decision victory.

Alexander (26-2, 14 KO) lost a bit of momentum last year when he lost his IBF welterweight title to Shawn Porter in what was really a one-sided fight. He came back in June and earned a decison victory against the always-tough Jesus Soto Karass at the StubHub Center.


“It came right back around,” Alexander told ESPN.com. “It looks like it will happen, and I’m excited about it. Should be a big win for me. He tried to just wait to get the Mayweather fight and he didn’t get it, and now he has to fight me. So it is inevitable we get in the ring and see who’s best and who is catapulted to the next level.”

Alexander will also be achieving a personal goal. With the fight scheduled for the Mandalay Bay, this will be his first fight in Las Vegas.

“Every time I was scheduled to fight in Vegas, it always fell through,” Alexander said. “This is my dream to fight in Vegas. That’s one of my goals, to fight in Vegas, and what better fight than to do it for the first time on a big stage.”

Also set for the card is a battle of undefeated fighters as Demetrius Andrade (21-0, 14 KO) will defend his junior middleweight title against Jermell Charlo (24-0, 11 KO.)

Interim WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (23-0, 21 KO) is also set to make his return on the tripleheader, potentially against Leonard Bundu (31-0, 11 KO) of Italy.

If Thurman ends up not appearing on the card, Abner Mares could fill in and have a fight of his own, according to Oscar De La Hoya.

The Showtime tripleheader is scheduled for December 13 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, just down the street from the Cosmopolitan where an HBO tripleheader featuring Timothy Bradley will be going down that same day.

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