Khan defeats Alexander
- Updated: December 13, 2014
In an outstanding performance, former unified junior welterweight champ Amir Khan scored a lopsided decision win over 2-division titlist Devon Alexander in the Showtime main event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Khan controlled both the range and pace in the early rounds, connecting with sharp jabs and crosses with regularity at center ring. Alexander landed occasional power shots in the middle frames, but ultimately it was the Englishman’s hand speed and pinpoint accuracy that made the difference. Scores were 119-109, 118-110, & 120-108 for the ’04 silver medalist, as he now looks towards a potential bank-shattering bout with Money Mayweather.
In the co-feature, Keith Thurman easily retained his interim WBA welterweight belt with a shutout decision win over the utterly ineffective challenge of Leonard Bundu. The flashy unbeaten Floridian effectively glided between lefty and righty, dropping Bundu with a left cross from the southpaw stance in the first, and completely out-punching and out-maneuvering his opponent for the remaining stanzas. Thurman now looks to possible marquee matches in the red-hot welterweight division with names such as Maidana, Porter, Bradley, & Broner.
Abner Mares moved to 28-1-1 with a gritty TKO victory over the game but completely outgunned Jose Ramirez. The former 3-division champion chose to fight in the trenches for the first few stanzas, landing nasty hooks and sweeping crosses at will, while catching the occasional counter shot inbetween. Mares took over in the 5th, dropping Ramirez for the 3rd time in the bout with a textbook 1-2-3 combination to the jaw, prompting Ramirez’ corner to wisely throw in the towel at the end of the round. A potential rematch with reigning WBC featherweight champ Jhonny Gonzalez may be in the cards for Mares in early 2015.
Also victorious on the deep undercard were former champs Victor Ortiz and Beibut Shumenov, as well as the surging Charlo brothers.