Following Jesus Soto Karass' triumph over Andre Berto last night, Devon Alexander's trainer and mouthpiece Kevin Cunningham has stated that he believes the Mexican veteran is more deserving of a shot at Alexander's IBF title than likely opponent Amir Khan, who is soft scheduled for a shot at Alexander on December 7, in Dubai or, you know, somewhere else.
Soto Karass (28-8-3, 18 KO) stopped Berto (28-3, 22 KO) in the 12th round last night on Showtime, in an exciting main event that capped off a great night of action from San Antonio. Khan (28-3, 19 KO) scraped past Julio Diaz earlier this year at a 143-pound catchweight.
While Cunningham is, I believe, perfectly correct when he says that Soto Karass has done more at welterweight than Khan has, since that's Khan's only fight above 140 and it wasn't at the full welterweight limit, the reality is that Khan is worth a lot more money, and frankly has Golden Boy behind him in a way that Soto Karass does not. Golden Boy is actively pushing Khan to be a major star and maybe fight Floyd Mayweather next year, while Soto Karass' good run is more a bonus for his promoter. Soto Karass emerging as a player at 147 is just a stroke of good luck for Golden Boy. (I'm not saying they don't care about him, but he's not Khan. Victor Ortiz was preferred to the likes of Marcos Maidana, too.)
Also, the IBF does not have Soto Karass rated, and they did not have Berto rated, either. It's not that you should care about this, and I don't care myself, but it is a fact. Khan is rated No. 3 by the IBF at 140 pounds, which means he can move up and get a title shot and all that, but Soto Karass is just not in line. If you want to be Champion for one of these stupid sanctioning bodies, you have to go along with their rules and their nonsense.
But listen, I don't want to say that Cunningham is wrong, because I don't believe that's the case, personally. If you were able to wave a magic wand and make one of two fights happen, which would you make: Alexander vs Khan or Alexander vs Soto Karass?