Opinion | Dec 19 2014

Floyd Mayweather versus Amir Khan can restore the boxing buzz to Las Vegas

But Daniel Herbert sensed a distinct lack of excitement in the Las Vegas air despite recent double bill

IS Las Vegas still the fight capital of the world? It sure didn’t feel like that last weekend, despite “Sin City” hosting not one but two cards on the same day (Saturday December 13).

At the MGM Grand Garden Arena you had the Golden Boy promotion topped by Amir Khan versus Devon Alexander and televised on Showtime. On the other side of the Strip, a bit further north, there was the Top Rank show at the Cosmopolitan, with another welterweight non-title fight as main event: Tim Bradley v Diego Chaves. This one was televised on HBO.

I was ringside for the Bradley-Chaves bill and ventured to the MGM Grand only to pick up a fight programme on the Friday evening, shortly after attending the Cosmopolitan weigh-in. All over Vegas there was just wasn’t the buzz that goes with a major fight weekend, that imperceptible something in the air brought by a boxing crowd.


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