Amir Khan v Devon Alexander, live on Sky, will be a masterclass, says Johnny Nelson
Speed, skill and class
Last Updated: 27/11/14 7:43pm
Amir Khan's upcoming fight with Devon Alexander, live on Sky Sports 1, will be a "boxing masterclass" according to Johnny Nelson.
They box better than they fight so put them together and you’re going to have speed, you’re going to have skill and if you know what you’re looking at you’ll see a classy fight.
Khan competes in Las Vegas' MGM Grand - familiar turf for the Bolton boxer - and you can watch it live on Sky on December 13.
Ringside's Nelson believes the bout will display everything that is great about boxing.
"They box better than they fight so put them together and you’re going to have speed, you’re going to have skill and if you know what you’re looking at you’ll see a classy fight," he told Sky Sports News HQ.
"It should be a boxing masterclass. This fight suits both fighters. Alexander is a boxer, he doesn’t like people rushing him and making him feel uncomfortable. The two fights he’s lost they rushed him and bullied him in the ring – if you let him get into a rhythm that suits him down to the ground.
"It’s the same with Khan. He’s got Virgil Hunter, a brilliant tactician, working with him to make sure he keeps things tight and sensible."
Nelson believes that Khan, if he gets past Alexander, can cause problems for all-time great Floyd Mayweather.
"We’ve seen Amir Khan’s career maturing in front of us," Nelson continued. "He’s had ups and downs and is now well-known in the States – if not better known in the States than he is here – so he’s done very well to keep himself at the top tier. So to be in the mix to fight Floyd Mayweather is a big shout – it’s a big fight.
"They’ve got him in against Alexander so it’s not an easy task but once he gets through this the job’s done.
"Mayweather has an eye on Khan and looks at him thinking ‘this is a kid I just don’t need’. Khan is just completely wrong for him, he’s too young , his tempo is too high and his hands are too fast.
"If anyone is going to give Mayweather trouble, it’s Khan."