Amir Khan had what may have been a career-best performance tonight in a clinical performance against Devon Alexander, winning on wide scores of 118-110, 119-109, and 120-108, improving to 7-0 against southpaw foes in his pro career. BLH had it 120-108 for Khan.
Khan (30-3, 19 KO) was able to beat Alexander (26-3, 14 KO) to the punch consistently, showing off his excellent hand speed and putting together some pretty combinations. Alexander didn't look overmatched, just outclassed, and it was a tough style matchup for him.
"I trained very hard. I know I had to make a statement at 147. It was against a tough guy. It was one of my best performances," Khan told Jim Gray of Showtime. "I want to thank Devon's team for giving me a great fight. Devon came to fight."
Khan continued, "I'm the best boxer with the quickest hands in the world. Virgil is teaching me when to attack, what position to be in before I attack. Every time I've been hurt, I was off balance. I'm getting wiser and better as a fighter. I have great boxing skills, I just have to be smart and not get carried away. It's in my blood to fight. When I get hit, I want to fight.
"I have the best jab in the business, I believe. With my speed, it causes a lot of problems for guys. Devon throws a jab and brings it down, and he was open for a left hook. I was moving to the left more. It worked for me all night."
Alexander blamed himself for not putting in a better performance.
"He was the better man tonight. I wasn't getting off like I planned," Alexander said. "My coach told me to get off, I wasn't getting off. And he got off."
Asked if having to be the come-forward fighter hurt him, Alexander downplayed that. "I know how to come forward, and I can do it, but like I said, I was supposed to follow the game plan. I was moving good, I was catching the jab good, but I wasn't getting off. Nobody wants to lose. I'll take to my team and see what they want to do. Every loss is bad."
Khan had a very strong performance statistically, landing 123 of 342 (36%) jabs and 120 of 221 (54%) of his power shots. In comparison, Alexander landed a paltry 22 of 242 (9%) jabs and 69 of 219 (32%) of his power punches.