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Khan, Alexander both confident in Vegas arrival

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Amir Khan and Devon Alexander both made their MGM ‘Grand Arrivals’ on Wednesday focused on one thing: Victory.

For both men, their upcoming showdown is the biggest fight of their careers, with a matchup against Floyd Mayweather possibly awaiting the winner.

While the Mayweather fight is one that Khan (29-3, 19 KO) has been targeting for years, he refuses to look past Alexander. Looking ahead to the future is a mistake that has cost him greatly in the past.

“The stakes are so enormous,” Khan said. “I am not looking ahead. There is no way I’m taking him lightly. He’s not a champion any more so I expect him to be even more motivated.”

Although Khan says he is not looking ahead, Alexander (26-2, 14 KO) is not oblivious. The former IBF welterweight champion hears the rumblings of a potential Khan-Mayweather fight and he would love nothing more than to ruin those plans on Saturday night.

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“I’m going to stay in the pocket and fight,” Alexander said. “I am so confident. The time is perfect for this fight. I would love to spoil Khan’s plans for the future. In fact – I’m looking forward to it.”

In his last bout against Luis Collazo in May, Khan looked impressive in his welterweight debut. Looking more ripped and powerful than ever before, he knocked Collazo down three times in the fight en route to a one-sided unanimous decision victory. It was an entertaining style of fighting that Khan says we should expect to see again come Saturday.

“On Saturday, you’re going to see an aggressive, disciplined boxer-puncher,” Khan said. “It’s always been my dream to headline in Las Vegas and to be the main attraction at MGM Grand is a great motivation for me. People believe in me. Las Vegas believes in me.”

As he was moved up the ranks quickly in his career, Khan certainly has had his share of setbacks. He believes those speed career hiccups have helped him learn and made him a better fighter.

“My career has gone by so fast. I’ve fought some of the biggest names and I’ve learned so much. But I’ve never had the focus and vision I have going heading into Saturday. I feel stronger and wiser and better than I did when I was 25,” Khan said.

Even though Khan is known for his quick hand speed and footwork, Alexander is no slouch when it comes to his skills in those categories. In fact, Alexander believes it will be his own speed that will prove his superiority over Khan.

“He is good, but I am going to expose him with my speed and quickness. He’s fast, but I’m fast too. He’s got quick hands, but I’ve got quick hands too,” Alexander said.

KEITH THURMAN (23-0, 21 KO)

“I’m really looking forward to this fight and getting back into the ring after eight months. This is a good opportunity for me.

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“I’m looking at 2015 as my break-out year. Some fans have already jumped on the bandwagon; others want to see more from me.

“That’s why I am so anxious to get back in there; it’s another chance for me to showcase my skills. If I knock out Bundu inside four rounds, I’d fight Khan the same night.

“Some fans think that some fights don’t mean very much, but they all do. I want high-risk, high-reward fights. I’m not taking anything away from Bundu – he’s a good opponent and this is his greatest opportunity – but it’s my time.’’

LEONARD BUNDU (31-0-2, 11 KO)

“I feel I deserve this fight and am very excited about it. I’ve had a good career and fought a long time.

“Thurman is a skilled, heavy-handed puncher but I’m not scared of him. I have a lot of skills and you will see them against Thurman.

“This is my opportunity to prove that I am one of the top welterweights in the world, and that’s that I’m here for.’’

ABNER MARES (27-1-1, 14 KO)

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“The hunger is back, the motivation is back and I am feeling great. I’m excited and ready to fight. Being back with my old team has been huge. I want to start 2015 off in a good way. For me, 2015 kicks off this Saturday.

“I need to do what I’m supposed to do on Saturday. I want my rematch with Jhonny Gonzalez. Jhonny, I’m coming for you.’’

JERMALL CHARLO (19-0, 15 KO)

“I’m definitely excited about Saturday. You’re going to see a lot of action. I’m action-packed and always looking for a knockout.

“Look for a fast start. I am going to steal the show. I’m going to show him what American muscle is all about.’’

JERMELL CHARLO (24-0, 11 KO)

“Me and Jermell, we eat, train and workout together. So it’s only natural we fight on the same card, although it doesn’t happen very often.

“I’m just happy to fight and ready to get it over with. It’s going to be a banner 2015 for both of us – two world titles for the both of us.’’

VICTOR ORTIZ (29-5, 22 KO)

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“I hope everyone sits back and enjoys the show because that is what I am here for: to put on a show.

“I’m so happy about coming back and fighting. This is home for me, and I missed it.

“All fights are different, all opportunities are different, but we are always prepared to win. We’ll take what we get in the ring, but if the right hook to the body is there we’re going to take it.”

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