Amir Khan, Not Devon Alexander, Should Fight Timothy Bradley

Troy SparksColumnistDecember 16, 2010

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 11:  (R-L) Marcos Maidana of Argentina connects with a left at Amir Khan of England during the WBA super lightweight title fight at Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 11, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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I think Timothy Bradley is fighting the wrong guy next month.  After all, he's the top-ranked junior welterweight, according to Ring Magazine.

Bradley sure is moving up the ladder in a hurry.  I thought he would've been at least a year away from fighting a serious opponent in Devon Alexander.

But, here's the kicker:

Shouldn't Amir Khan get the shot to fight Bradley instead of Alexander?

I saw separate fights involving Alexander and Bradley.  To me, they were less inspiring.

Maybe my math doesn't add up, but I thought a good battle in any sport would be between No. 1 and No. 2, not No. 1 and No. 3.

Khan, the second-ranked fighter in the division, didn't get his chance to test the best.  His trainer, Freddie Roach, would've prepared Khan for a battle with Bradley.

Well, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit.  Khan, in his recent fight against No. 4 Marcos Maidana, had his chance to score a knockout in the first round after Khan's body shot knocked Maidana down, but he ran out of time.

I thought Maidana was toast.  He got up after taking the eight count and survived the round.  This fight with Maidana was what Khan wanted.  Next time, he should be careful what he wishes for.

Khan has exceptional hand speed, which probably is a by-product of the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.  Some of Khan's lightning punches rocked Maidana in the earlier rounds.  It looked like Maidana fought at slow motion.

In the 10th round, Maidana used all his power and energy to try to drop Khan.  When Khan got his second wind back, it was too late. 

I believe that Bradley would wear Khan down in the latter rounds, if they ever got together, and if their fight went past the halfway point.  Bradley is a slugger to me and not a boxer.

So, if Bradley loses to Alexander, would he fight Khan?  On the other hand, if Alexander wins, would he take a pass on Khan?

The only fighter out there of interest to Bradley is Manny Pacquiao.  Hell would freeze over before Pacquiao gives Bradley a shot.

Okay, so Khan kept his WBA Super Lightweight belt and had enough gas in his tank to outbox Oscar De La Hoya's boy (Maidana).  Maybe next year, Khan will be ready for Bradley.

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