Amir Khan easily dominated Devon Alexander on Saturday night (Dec. 13), earning a convincing 12-round unanimous decision in Las Vegas.
The victory was nearly a shutout, with Khan garnering scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 120-108 from the judges to retain the WBC Silver Welterweight title and earn his fourth-straight victory.
He was extreme accurate as well, landing 54 percent of his power punches to Alexander’s 32 percent and 43 percent of his total shots versus Alexander’s 20 percent. But, it was Amir’s hand speed and combinations that proved too much for his opponent.
“We knew we had to make a statement at 147 pounds,” Khan said after the fight. “I was up against a very skilled fighter and I knew we couldn’t make any mistakes. I’m the best boxer with the quickest hands in the world and I think this was one of my best performances.
“I’m getting better as I’m getting older. I have the best jab in the business and my speed causes a lot of problems for guys.”
Khan also made his case for a shot at pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather in 2015.
“I really believe I earned my shot against the best fighter in the world, which is Floyd Mayweather,” he said. “I believe he’ll have problems with my speed, movement and accuracy. I’m going to leave it to my team and let’s hope we get that fight.”
Alexander didn’t make any excuses after the fight, simply giving credit to Khan for his performance. “He was the better man tonight,” he said. “My coach told me to get off and I wasn’t getting off. I could have caught him I just didn’t do it tonight. I was supposed to follow the game plan, I was moving good but I just couldn’t move forward and get off.”