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Amir Khan regrets not fighting Devon Alexander after failing to land Mayweather fight

Amir Khan lost out on a chance to face Floyd Mayweather, and many now wonder if the former 140-pound titleholder would have landed the fight as previously expected, if only he had fought and beaten Devon Alexander in December.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

If he could do it all over again, Amir Khan probably would have fought Devon Alexander last December, a fight that he pulled out of -- on "strong advisement," he's noted -- in order to wait for a May 3 shot at pound-for-pound and dollar-for-dollar boxing king Floyd Mayweather.

Khan said this to Sky Sports:

"I do regret it a little bit now. That would've probably put me in a better position because I would have been a world champion and on top of that I would have had a good win, rather than being out of the game for such a long time."

Khan (28-3, 19 KO) fought just once in 2013, a rocky win in April over veteran Julio Diaz in the United Kingdom. He hasn't won a notable fight in years at this point, and a win over Alexander may have been enough to give him the win in the sweepstakes over Marcos Maidana, who landed the fight due to a December 14 victory against Adrien Broner.

Khan has said he plans to announce a fight shortly, and there's plenty of speculation that, in fact, Broner could be his opponent, and that the fight could land on the May 3 Mayweather-Maidana undercard.

"A few names have been put to me - even someone like Broner would be a great fight for me. The fight would probably be in America and possibly be on a Floyd card as well. But I have a contract with Showtime, so I have my own television deal in the US.

"More than likely the fight will probably be in America. There are a few names, I'm going to sit down with Golden Boy and my team. I want to fight the top names in the division - I want to cement my place there."


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