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Amir Khan close to battle with Floyd

By Staff Reporter

Amir Khan will be out to prove himself to Floyd Mayweather Jr when facing Devon Alexander on December 13, according to Golden Boy Promotions boss Oscar De La Hoya.

De La Hoya says a meeting is close to being confirmed but the contest will likely propel the winner into a fight against Mayweather in 2015.

Khan has constantly chased a fight with the unbeaten American, spurning the chance to face Alexander last year in order to enhance his bid to secure the career-defining bout.

"There are just little details that we are finishing but Khan and Alexander are going to fight," De La Hoya said.

"Amir Khan looked good against my boy Luis Collazo but I have a feeling he wants to make a statement against Alexander, and Alexander is coming off a good win against Soto Karass.

"They realise they have to prove themselves if they want to get a really big fight, like against Mayweather."

At 27, Khan had seemingly abandoned plans to face Mayweather, who says he will retire next year.

The Briton is likely to be sceptical regarding a future meeting with Mayweather, should he beat Alexander, having been continually overlooked as a potential opponent for the 47-0 fighter.

But Alexander says the carrot of Mayweather will work as motivation for Khan but still expects to prevail in Las Vegas.

"It looks like it will happen, and I'm excited," said Alexander. "It should be a big win for me. I have the ability to outshine him."

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