Former jr. welterweight champion Amir Khan will be in attendance this weekend when IBF jr. welterweight champion Lamont Peterson takes on the hard-hitting Lucas Matthysse and IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander defends his title against Lee Purdy. Khan's younger brother, Haroon, is competing in his second professional fight on the undercard, so it should come as no surprise that he'll be on hand to lend his support. What is somewhat surprising, however, is that, according to our sources, Khan has no real interest in the main event, which features his former conqueror Lamont Peterson.
Considering that Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer previously suggested that Peterson, Matthysse, Danny Garcia and Zab Judah (who Garcia recently defeated) were all competing in a 140-pound tournament to determine who would get the opportunity to face Khan next, one would think that he would have a vested interested in the outcome of Peterson vs. Matthysse. Not so, says our source. "Amir Khan is going to be sitting front and center when Devon Alexander fights Lee Purdy. He might be there to support his brother, but the fight he's really interested in is that welterweight title fight," our source insisted. "Golden Boy is hoping to get him a title at 147. If he can beat Alexander, they'll look to put him in with Floyd as soon as possible."
Indeed, judging from Khan's own comments just two weeks ago, it certainly sounds like he's expecting to face Devon Alexander in December, assuming, of course, Alexander gets past Purdy unscathed. "It will be a world title fight next time out, whatever the weight," Khan explained in a recent interview. "I am going to talk to my trainer Virgil Hunter to see what he thinks about [Devon] Alexander. To me, it would be perfect because he has just moved up to 147lbs. It's just whether he would risk it, as champion...I will be more healthy at the weight and happier at making the weight. It's getting tougher making the weight as I get older and fill out."
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