Amir Khan will move up to welterweight to take on American IBF world welterweight champion Devon Alexander on December 7th in Dubai, with the winner set to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. next spring.

According to Richard Schaefer, the chief executive of Golden Boy Promotions contracts are being finalised for Bolton’s former two time light-welterweight title holder to challenge Alexander, who defeated Colchester’s Lee Purdy in Atlantic City with a seventh-round stoppage last month.

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The winner of the fight would be in pole position to then take on the worlds Pound-for-Pound boxer Mayweather in a multi million pound super fight next year. “Amir needs one fight at welterweight, along with a title, to set up the match with Floyd. He is getting that chance against Devon, who has agreed the fight. We will be finalising and signing the contracts in the next couple of weeks.” Schaefer told the Daily Mail.

“We have opened discussions with the ruling family of the Emirates who have made it very clear that they are keen to put on a major boxing event. This is very exciting for Amir and all of us. If he defeats Devon, preferably in style, the next step for him would be against Floyd.”

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