Amir Khan’s hopes of facing IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander in Dubai in December look pretty much all but dead buried. Negotiations have been ongoing for quite a while and as both men are promoted by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions one would have thought it was an easy fight to make.
Khan is desperate to entice Alexander to the United Arab Emirates, where he has a huge following and is a hugely untapped boxing market but the American does not seem willing to travel.
"I am ready 100 per cent to fight Devon Alexander in Dubai, but it seems he and his team are coming up with excuses every other day and they have not agreed to the fight," Khan said, talking to thenaional.ae. "I want to fight Devon either way. If he does not agree to fight in Dubai, then I will fight in America, or wherever he wants to fight."
Alexander is said to apparently be worried about Khan’s popularity in Dubai.
"I do have a lot of fans in the Middle East and especially in the UAE," Khan said. "Maybe he does feel that everyone will be against him if we fight in Dubai. But I can assure it will be a fair fight, obviously. If it happens, it will be a global event."
If an agreement can be reached between the Khan and Alexander camp then it now looks likely they will battle in the US with New York the city of choice.
August 12, 2013