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Khan-Mayweather 'set for Vegas in May'

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Khan will face Devon Alexander first


Amir Khan will get his Las Vegas showdown with Floyd Mayweather in 2014 in what will be the richest fight involving a British boxer.

The official announcement is expected in the coming days - but, according to the Daily Mail, the fight will take place in the Nevada town on May 3 next year.

Mayweather fight makes sense

The paper says Khan's share of the $200 million pot is expected to be just $6m - but that is likely to at least double thanks to television deals on both sides of the Atlantic.

Khan has already pulled out of his fight with world welterweight champion Devon Alexander, scheduled for December 7 in New York, to ensure his dream showdown with Mayweather is not jeopardised.

It is believed Khan's speed will present a new test for Mayweather, who has previously only fought bigger and supposedly stronger opponents.

"Floyd has seen off the tough, heavy punchers," Stephen Espinosa, head of sport for Showtime TV, said. "It remains to be seen what he will do against extreme speed and I like the Khan fight very much."

However, Khan's team were quick to dismiss the reports.

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