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Amir Khan v Devon Alexander

    ROUND THREE [round-3]
    Bundu, at last, starts to land. A looping left hand catches the backpeddling Thurman. The Italian smiles after his first breakthrough. Thurman switches to southpaw and rips a punch through his opponent's guard. More nice movement from 'One Time' as he nimbly avoids a baffled Bundu. 

    12/14/2014 3:29:52 AM
    TAPING UP[twitter]
    It's getting closer with Khan getting his wraps sorted...

    12/14/2014 3:31:59 AM
    Amir warms up in his dressing room.

    12/14/2014 3:33:19 AM
    ROUND FOUR [round-4]
    Thurman switches his stinging jab from head to body. Bundu is struggling to get past his accurate left and is not offering much in return. His clumsy attack is easily avoided by Thurman, who darts forward with more swift punches. Bundu answers with a left, but it's another round to the American.
    12/14/2014 3:34:15 AM
    ROUND FIVE [round-5]
    Some jeers from the crowd as they are impatiently awaiting a knockout, but this is an entertaining fight. Thurman is showcasing his slick ring skills and Bundu is still very much in it. He lands with a left, but Thurman responds with some crunching body shots. He appears to be trying to guide Bundu onto a fight finishing punch and lets fly with some decent right and left hands.
    12/14/2014 3:38:48 AM
    ROUND SIX [round-6]
    Bundu misses wildly with a looping left hand. Thurman is far more accurate with his right hand and is starting to plant his feet, putting even more power into his punches. An uppercut clips Bundu as he marches forward and the Italian could walk onto something. A big right, just before the bell, draws a concerned look from Bundu. 
    12/14/2014 3:42:20 AM
    COOL KEITH[johnny-nelson]
    He is on top but Thurman is playing it smart, says Johnny...
    It's gave me a smile when the crowd started booing him. He is making this so easy and I feel sorry for Bundu. Thurman is making it look, so, so, so easy.

    12/14/2014 3:44:04 AM
    ROUND SEVEN [round-7]
    A few more jeers from the restless crowd, but Thurman sticks to his disciplined boxing. He continues to control Bundu with his jab, although he briefly loses his footing on the ring apron. Bundu is struggling to tag an elusive foe and punches air with a crude combination. Thurman has spent much of the round on the back foot and should have added another to his growing tally. 
    12/14/2014 3:46:42 AM
    ROUND EIGHT [round-8]
    Thurman sneaks a body shot under Bundu's guard. But the Italian produces a determined response, firing back with some punches of his own. Bundu needs to show more ambition if he's going to turn this around. The 40-year-old spends much of the round on the front foot with Thurman backing off. Not for long. Thurman rips in a right which briefly staggers Bundu and they both exchange shots before the bell. Decent action.
    12/14/2014 3:50:09 AM
    The Italian refuses to buckle in Vegas.

    12/14/2014 3:50:31 AM
    ROUND NINE [round-9]
    Thurman continues to box neatly on  the reverse. Is he feeling the pace, or maybe he's hurt his hand? He sticks out  a tentative jab, but Bundu replies with a stiff left of his own. Some crisp counters from Thurman as the Italian marches forward with little head movement. The Florida man is winning the rounds, but is this enough for the fans? In the closing seconds both fighters trade punches and Thurman shows his superior power.
    12/14/2014 3:54:36 AM
    Eddie realises Bundu is a tough and tricky test...

    12/14/2014 3:55:23 AM
    ROUND 10 [round-10]
    A clash of heads, but thankfully no damage for either fighter. More Jabs from Thurman bounce off the brave Bundu. Still he comes forward, but is struggling to find a meaningful punch. Thurman is using his punches wisely and shoots some stiff right and left hands around Bundu's guard. Accurate work, although his opponent remains on his feet.  
    12/14/2014 3:58:49 AM
    ROUND 11 [round-11]
    Bundu knows the fight is slipping away and tries to raise the tempo. This tactic fails to work as Thurman, with his fast feet, stays out of range, occasionally leaping in with sharp counters. There is a swelling under Thurman's eye, but he is winning this clearly. Bundu's effort cannot be faulted but all the quality is coming from Thurman who whips in more punches.   
    12/14/2014 4:02:31 AM
    CALM BUT NO STORM[jim-watt]
    He is in control but Jim wonders if this is what we expected...
    I was complimenting his talent in the early rounds. We know he has the strength and the power but the problem is it is sort of slipped into a little rut since there.

    12/14/2014 4:05:54 AM
    ROUND 12 [round-12]
    Into the final round and many did not expect the fight to last this long! Thurman is content to back peddle his way around the ring, countering the plodding Bundu. The Italian surely needs a stoppage but cannot pin down his opponent. There is little action in the last, but Thurman has strolled it, literally.  
    12/14/2014 4:06:28 AM
    Thurman takes a wide points win with three scores of 120-107. A complete shut-out. Mixed reception from the crowd, who wanted drama.
    12/14/2014 4:08:38 AM
    One Time celebrates a wide points win.

    12/14/2014 4:09:57 AM
    ONE TIME HAPPY[boxing]
    Thurman bossed the show but was booed. Yet he was more than happy with the performance...

    Bundu was smart, he was tricky, he was an Olympian he came not to get knocked out and he could do that but he couldn't win rounds. We were patient and just boxed smart. I was the most accurate in every round and that was all that mattered.

    12/14/2014 4:14:52 AM
    The IBF welterweight champion was underwhelmed by Thurman's performance.

    I think he was playing it safe tonight. He might of been thinking of fights after this. 

    We've got a gauge on him, because we've obviously seen Bundu beating our Brits - Purdy and Gavin. 

    It's the first time I've really seen him. I expected more. I expected to see more power in his punch. 

    12/14/2014 4:19:55 AM
    [betting]SKY BET SAY
    “Khan to win on points is popular with our punters at 4/5, but with so little between the two fighters, it’s hard to ignore that big-looking price of 2/1 on Alexander to win via any method.” Bet on Khan v Alexander here.
    12/14/2014 4:20:37 AM
    IT’S HERE![boxing]
    Alexander is in the ring first and Khan, with his golden and expensive shorts, is second. Looking good but what lies head? You can never take your eye off an Amir Khan fight, so sit back and enjoy!
    12/14/2014 4:22:00 AM
    Amir makes his way to the ring.

    12/14/2014 4:24:23 AM
    IT'S HEAR![boxing]
    It is fairly quiet in the MGM but there is a buzz because this is big one! It is 50-50 or is it? Suggestions are that Alexander can cause more than the odd surprise but with Virgil Hunter behind him, many are expecting a more calm, calculated and clinical Khan… we will see!
    12/14/2014 4:25:07 AM
    How the two fighters compare.

    12/14/2014 4:26:05 AM
    WATCH! [tv]
    You can switch to Sky Sports 1 right now to see what could be another Las Vegas classic...
    12/14/2014 4:27:04 AM
    Amir Khan's name is greeted by cheers from the crowd. A possible fight against Floyd Mayweather could be on the line and the Bolton boxer needs to impress. Here we go...
    12/14/2014 4:27:09 AM
    ROUND ONE[round-1]
    Amir has got off to a flyer! The jab looks good and the speed looks sensational. The first combo was a left to the ribs, a straight right then a left over the top! Great stuff. He followed it up with a left-right and he was out in as quick as he got in. Alexander is on the back foot, but that is no surprised at all. He does look jerky as usual, and Khan has settled into the centre of the ring. A right-right-left-right troubled Alexander but he caught Amir on the way out and he lands another straight show to remind him he is in this. Khan ends the round with a nice left hook.
    12/14/2014 4:31:39 AM
    ROUND TWO[round-2]
    Khan’s jab went straight downstairs, working on the body, but soon he was back behind a barrage of shots. The straight left kicks it off, the right comes in, the left returns and before Alexander can do anything, a right lands as Khan is on his way out. This is good. Alexander though fires back with a left hook of his own while Khan is a little wild in return. The one worrying sign is that Amir is still open if he stands still. He gets walloped by a left hook and that is not good. He is on top, but he is not ruling this roost.
    12/14/2014 4:36:26 AM
    Devon hits Amir when his back is turned 

    12/14/2014 4:39:43 AM
    ROUND THREE[round-3]
    A cagey start and indeed, a quieter round. Alexander is hardly jabbing, prodding more like and perhaps that left from the last round is waiting to reconnect. But Khan is still in and out at speed and although it is a lot less tidy and a little wild he can still land a clean, decent shot, this time a left over the top. He is in and out again but there are less shots being sent through. Alexander is spoiling more but can he win doing that?
    12/14/2014 4:40:23 AM
    KHAN IN CONTROL [jim-watt]
    Jim Watt believes Amir Khan has seized command in the early rounds.

    Alexander is not making Khan work. Khan is working at his
    own pace and that is a huge plus.

    12/14/2014 4:43:56 AM
    ROUND FOUR[round-4]
    A nice start with Khan’s double jab and that sets the tone for a pinging round. There is a five-punch combo which sums him up. He is quick, still super quick. He does get caught once or twice but Amir is on the move for three minutes and that is keeping Alexander at bay. He is in and out, the right is always there and the jab is the one thing that puts him in charge. He looks busy enough to be in front.
    12/14/2014 4:44:22 AM
    ROUND FIVE[round-5]
    It’s a left-right-left-right, the final one down the barrel and Khan starts as we expect. But we also expect him leaving himself open and straight away an overhead left from Alexander landed on the side of the head – it could’ve been worse. It triggers a rare offensive spell from Devon but what they brought was Khan on the counter and a lovely, short, sharp right pushed him back. Khan of course had sprung back and was in the clear by then. He looks calmer and more measured so far. And I say so far…
    12/14/2014 4:48:08 AM
    Amir's hands are just too quick.

    12/14/2014 4:49:53 AM
    ROUND SIX [round-6]
    Wow, Khan comes out with a left-right-left downstairs and the finale shot is a left-hook that is a peach. Not a huge shot but the perfect finish to a perfect flurry. Alexander does start stepping in behind his jab but that is what Khan likes. He goes with a smart three-punch combo in the corner and just for good measure a wide left hook comes in all on its own! Khan is mixing it up and he is looking good but don’t think Alexander is a beaten man… yet. His coach Kevin Cunningham isn’t happy though, so does he have a Plan B. Or maybe C?
    12/14/2014 4:52:12 AM
    Wide lead on Jim's card

    12/14/2014 4:55:00 AM
    ROUND SEVEN [round-7]
    A decent start from Alexander with a lovely cutting right after a little burst but when you hear that Khan has landed 99 shots to his 38, you know who is the boss. Alexander is coming forward firmly and this seems to suit Amir more than the early approach. His counters are landing at will, the left in particular, and then he stands still, has the target move in and bang, a left-right-left is so quick, Alexander can’t get out of the way. He does hurl a simple right to break it up but Khan was long gone. Amir is leading this by a long way now. Surely even he can’t mess this up!
    12/14/2014 4:56:10 AM
    12/14/2014 4:56:59 AM
    Khan landing up close.

    12/14/2014 4:58:07 AM
    ROUND EIGHT [round-8]
    A quieter round. Alexander does keep coming and it might well be a round he has not only won but had Khan’s alarm bells ringing again. A big right over the top lands flush and it is the first time the MGM fans really grimance when there hero is hurt. Devon does it again with a shorter, closer right and Khan is clearly not firing in this one. He tries to close the round with a barrage but is too close and it is ugly – and you never know when a counter will come through. Was he having a round off? We will see…
    12/14/2014 5:01:00 AM
    ROUND NINE [round-9]
    A lovely double jab followed by a spearing straight right re-establishes Khan’s control and all Alexander can do is take them and regroup. He tries to walk in again but Khan is shifting round to his left, out of the southpaw target zone and at one stage he hammers home three lefts to the side and although he is covered up, Alexander does not need that. Khan ends the round with a spring to his step and the pinging jab doing the job. He’s back in business.
    12/14/2014 5:04:43 AM
    Disciplined display from Amir.

    12/14/2014 5:04:44 AM
    ROUND TEN [round-10]
    The championship rounds are here so who welcomes it with a jab? Not a single jab, not a double, but a triple that moves down to the body at the end. His speed is ominous even at this stage. One combination is six at least and hearing it is one thing, but seeing it is another. Alexander knows that and he is trying to do his best and although he does have some more time and space to let off, Khan’s defence might well be the biggest improvement we have seen. He has been caught once or twice but if he is, he fires back and finishes it on top.
    12/14/2014 5:08:21 AM
    ROUND ELEVEN [round-11]
    Give Alexander credit because he keeps coming forward and it is not what he likes doing. It shows though, that he had to do something different yet when people are hunting him, he loves that, sits back, counters and crashes the jab in before shifting out of range. A left-right-left is a great combo that proves the point and then another left-right-left-right-left-right (at least!) combo is too quick, it really is. But somehow Devon is still there and he catches a nice right and Khan seems to be knocked off balance, or a slight twist of the foot. He is fine and it is nothing to worry about. And he ends with a nice set of two combos, all behind that jab.
    12/14/2014 5:12:52 AM
    It's all Amir in Vegas

    12/14/2014 5:13:53 AM
    ROUND TWELVE[round-12]
    Again that jab is the first punch to land and then as Alexander covers up, the left-right-left hooks to the head are not what he needs. Khan can pretty much do what he wants because when Devon strides in, he is gone and when Devon has stopped, he just bombards him , upstairs and downstairs. Another lovely combo with that left ending it sees Khan stumble again but this time it is a stance problem not a punch. It is over thought and surely Khan will walk this. Without stumbling!
    12/14/2014 5:16:22 AM
    Khan Sr celebrates

    12/14/2014 5:17:37 AM
    IT'S JUDGES' TIME[judges]
    And it is a landslide...
    12/14/2014 5:18:04 AM
    Judges recognise Khan's brilliance

    12/14/2014 5:19:32 AM
    KHAN WINS[boxing]
    Amir Khan wins with ease! A brilliant performance and a complete and utter schooling. Alexander had to change his tactics halfway through but that didn't disrupt Khan's calmness. Still fast, still class and finally, sensible? It looks that way...
    12/14/2014 5:19:44 AM
    NELSON KNOWS[johnny-nelson]
    He was at ringside to hear the scores and had no doubt we have seen a new, mature Amir Khan...

    Amir Khan’s performance there has been second to none. 

    12/14/2014 5:21:30 AM

    SHOW ME THE MONEY![quote]

    So who does Amir want next? Guess...

    Last year it should’ve happened but now I have really earned
    my shot at the best fighter in the world, Floyd Mayweather. 
    Khan v Mayweather would be huge. The UK fans would love it,
    so come over to support because we will take the belt off him.
    Floyd will have
    a serious problem with my speed and accuracy.

    12/14/2014 5:27:42 AM
    Kell Brook is more than happy to praise his bitter British rival...

    That was a terrific performance. He was just too fast, too
    quick and too smart for him.
    He kept composed. 

    12/14/2014 5:30:51 AM
    RED RAGE[boxing]
    Amir Khan admits that there were one or two moments when he was caught open but he also says that this is as calm as he's ever been...
    12/14/2014 5:33:54 AM
    [video]KHAN CLASS
    Amir tells us just how well he performed

    12/14/2014 5:39:40 AM
    THAT'S ALL FOLKS! [close]
    It's been a cracking night with Khan leading the way and showing the world he is better than ever... and good enough to take on you-know-who! Floyd Mayweather or Kell Brook beware! The Bolton boy is buzzing...
    12/14/2014 5:44:08 AM
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