Alexander is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Jesus Soto Karass. Some may question whether Alexander belongs in a ring with Amir Khan, as Karass has lost six of his last 10 bouts, including knock out losses to Marcos Maidana and Keith Thurman. However, Alexander was not able to duplicate that.
Khan will be defending his WBC silver welterweight title, which he claimed after beating Luis Collazo, the man who knocked out Victor Ortiz, last May. While this is not the title that Alexander necessarily wants, he is thankful for having the opportunity to get back to the top again.
“I want to thank God first and foremost for giving me another opportunity to showcase my talent and show you guys why I am one of the elite fighters in boxing,” said Alexander. “This is my coming out party, the MGM Grand, I have always dreamed of fighting in Vegas.”
Alexander, former WBC and IBF welterweight champion, is a mere three weeks away from making that dream become a reality.
“I had a dream when I was seven years old that I fought around a lot of lights,” added Alexander. “Sugar Ray Leonard was in the crowd, Mike Tyson was in the crowd, and they were watching me, and I won. This is the dream that has followed me throughout my career,” he added.
Alexander will have to win back the minds of boxing fans come December 12th, as he fights a man in Khan, who has been in Alexander’s position multiple times in his young career.
“Everybody knows I work hard,” said Alexander. “It was not easy getting this position. I am not going back, I do not plan on going back.” “This is a fight that has been brewing since we were 140,” he added.