Amir Khan’s pivotal Las Vegas duel against Devon Alexander at the iconic MGM Grand is to be broadcast exclusively live on Sky Sports on December 13.
The Bolton fighter travels to the fight capital of the world for the first time since April when he defeated Luis Collazo, with the prize for toppling Alexander possibly being a high-profile encounter with superstars Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao.
As part of a huge night of boxing from the United States, Sky Sports will also show the mouthwatering fights from the undercard, including Keith Thurman against Leonard Bundu, Abner Mares taking on Jose Ramirez, and Jermall Charlo against Italian Lenny Bottai.
Khan’s showdown with Alexander represents the Briton’s first appearance on Sky Sports since December 2012, while his last two victories against Julio Diaz and Luis Collazo were broadcast on subscription boxing channel BoxNation.
The Briton’s first fight at 147 pounds came back in May when he overcame American fighter Collazo on points and he returns to Las Vegas again to face the former two-weight world champion from St Louis.
This glamourous stateside fight from the spiritual home of boxing is yet another bumper contest in a year of top class boxing on Sky, which has also seen Froch v Groves II from Wembley Stadium, the return of Cleverly v Bellew and Kell Brook overcoming Shawn Porter in Los Angeles.
Commenting on Sky’s one-off deal to cover his latest fight, Khan said: “It’s great to be back on Sky Sports once again for what is one of the biggest fights of my career so far against Alexander.
“I have had a great training camp and have no doubts it’s going to be a very special night for me on December 13th, headlining at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“I look forward to putting on a spectacular performance for everyone tuning in on the night, against a very tricky and respected opponent in Alexander.
“I can’t wait to step in the ring again and am raring to go.”
Adam Smith, executive producer of Sky Sports boxing, added: “This is a great fight, and fabulous night of action from Las Vegas. Boxing fans are in for a momentous week with all the build up and live action on Sky Sports.
”It’s a vital fight for Amir and for British boxing, with both fighters desperate for the chance that could come their way in 2015. It really is winner takes all in Las Vegas.”
Sky Sports boxing presenter and analyst Johnny Nelson believes the Las Vegas bout will display everything that is great about boxing and thinks that Khan, if he gets past Alexander, can cause problems for all-time great Floyd Mayweather.
He told Sky Sports News HQ: “They box better than they fight so put them together and you’re going to have speed, you’re going to have skill and if you know what you’re looking at you’ll see a classy fight.
“It should be a boxing masterclass. This fight suits both fighters. Alexander is a boxer, he doesn’t like people rushing him and making him feel uncomfortable.
“We’ve seen Amir Khan’s career maturing in front of us. He’s had ups and downs and is now well-known in the States – if not better known in the States than he is here – so he’s done very well to keep himself at the top tier.
“So to be in the mix to fight Floyd Mayweather is a big shout – it’s a big fight – and if anyone is going to give Mayweather trouble, it’s Khan.”
All the action from another bumper Las Vegas fight night will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 from 2.00am on Saturday night/early Sunday morning (December 13/14).
Ed Robinson will present the channel’s coverage from the studio in London alongside Glenn McCrory, with Adam Smith and Johnny Nelson stationed ringside in Las Vegas, while big fight commentary comes from Smith and Jim Watt.
Sky Sports’ coverage also features live action from selected undercard fights ahead of the main event, while various replays of all the key overnight action will be shown across the Sky Sports network on Sunday, December 14.
Saturday 13th December
Fight Night International: Amir Khan v Devon Alexander
LIVE: 2.00am-6.30am (Sun) Sky Sports 1
Replays: 10.00am, 6.00pm (Sun) Sky Sports 3 / 8.00pm Sky Sports 2