It was a night of boxing at The MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas as Amir Khan took on Devon Alexander in a 12 round welterweight match. Before their fight, one of the welterweight divisions most exciting young prospects in Keith “One Time” Thurman took on a virtual unknown here in the states, but a crafty undefeated Italian Leonard Bundu. For Keith, it was his first fight in over 8 months as he had to take a break due to an injury to the shoulder, but the knock out king was ready for action. The fight was definitely not one the fans at the arena wanted, but stylistically Keith Thurman threw a boxing clinic. He managed to knock Leonard Bundu down within the first 50 seconds of round one, but after that the fight did get slow. Leonard Bundu was constantly changing his stance and he was barely throwing punches and Keith was picking his spots through out the fight. It wasn’t until round 10 that Bundu threw anything substantial at Thurman, but it was too late for Bundu. I had scored the fight 119-108 meaning that I gave Bundu one round and Thurman the other 11, but all three judges scored the fight 120-107 (12 rounds to 0) in favor of Keith “One Time” Thurman. After the fight, Thurman said he had a little trouble with Bundu’s constant shifting, but in the end he called out Marcos Maidana.
For Amir “King” Khan, it was a chance to continue dominance in a new weight class as he was fighting only his second fight as a welterweight (defeating Julio Diaz in his first fight). For Devon Alexander, he was coming off a huge comeback win against Jesús Soto Karass, but he was facing a boxer that was going to frustrate his style in Amir Khan. Amir showed throughout the whole fight why he was 6-0 against southpaws as he frustrated Alexander with four/five punch combinations and he worked the jab beautifully against Alexander trough out the whole fight. Now, I’m not saying Alexander didn’t do anything, but Khan’s size proved to be a hefty task for Alexander to deal with throughout the whole fight. Khan in the fight landed 243 out of 563 punches thrown to Alexander’s 91 of 461 making Alexander look like an amateur. I gave all of the rounds to Amir Khan (120 to 108) while the three judges scored the fight 119-109, 118-110, and 120-108 in favor of the winner Amir Khan. Now it begs the question that if the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight does not happen, will Amir Khan be his next opponent or will Keith Thurman throw his name into the hat?