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Friday, August 23, 2013
Doctor clears Alexander to train

By Dan Rafael

It's no secret that one of the fights Golden Boy promoter Richard Schaefer hopes to finalize for Dec. 7 is between welterweight titlist Devon Alexander and former junior welterweight titlist Amir Khan.

Alexander/Purdy
Devon Alexander, right, suffered a broken bone in his left hand during his May title defense against Lee Purdy.
In fact, Schaefer recently flew to Dubai to meet with potential investors interested in bringing the fight to the United Arab Emirates, although it seems more likely that if the match is finalized it will wind up in Brooklyn, N.Y., at the Barclays Center.

But regardless of where it happens, or even if Alexander fights somebody other than Khan, the key for him is that his damaged left hand is on the mend.

Alexander (25-1, 14 KOs), a southpaw, broke the fifth metacarpal bone in the hand during the first round of a defense against Lee Purdy on May 18 in Atlantic City, N.J., and is close to being able to use it again for training.

Kevin Cunningham, Alexander's manager and trainer, told ESPN.com that Alexander, who stopped the overmatched Purdy in the seventh round, is out of his splint and has completed his rehabilitation therapy.

"He's been cleared by the doctor to start training on Monday," Cunningham said.

Cunningham, however, added that he is still waiting to hear from Schaefer and adviser Al Haymon on the particulars of an offer for the proposed fight with Khan (28-3, 19 KOs).