“It’s a good time for me to prove myself and show everyone how good Amir Khan is.”
The countdown is on to Amir Khan’s WBC world middleweight title challenge against Mexican Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in Las Vegas on May 7th.
Khan, 29, (record: 31-3, 19KOs) has moved up nearly two weight divisions to take on Alvarez at a catchweight of 155-pounds, which is eight pounds more than Khan’s current fighting weight.
Alvarez, 25, (record: 46-1-1, 32KOs) is renowned for bulking up after weigh-in and often comes in nearer to light-heavyweight, so Khan has had to bulk up and so his training regime has been adapted to suite the added weight gain, while looking to keep his speed and movement.
“I know the fight is at a catchweight. I have never fought at 155 before but I walk around at probably 160-plus so it will be me fighting at my natural weight. Come fight night I will probably be about 165 as well. I can see Alvarez maybe being even a little heavier than that, maybe going into the ring at 170, but we know what we need to do,” said Khan.
“We know we will be up against a tough guy, a bigger guy, a stronger guy in Alvarez and we have to be smart in there and I think this is the first time I am going into a fight being the underdog.”
“It’s a good time for me to prove myself and show everyone how good Amir Khan is. Plus it’s a big fight. I want to give the British fight fans a huge fight and you can’t get bigger than this.”
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) April 14, 2016
Khan is a big underdog going in to this fight against the Mexican icon Alvarez, but Khan has had a good boxing education. He has been down, been out, been knocked out and still continued on his journey, never giving up. He has took his knocks and got up and then gone in with better fighters. He is a credit to the sport and British boxing would look a whole lot brighter having Amir Khan as our next world champion.
Khan can do this! Canelo is a great fighter, but he isn’t unbeatable, as we know Mayweather defeated him on points in 2013, and shown a blue print how to do it. Granted Canelo is a better boxer now for the experience of sharing the ring with the now retired, former unbeaten pound for pound king.
The tactics for Khan will be to use his boxing skills and his speed of foot to keep the range and box Canelo, counter punching and neutralising the Mexican’s attacks when in close. Don’t be surprised to see Khan stand in range and trade with Canelo at some point as Khan does, he may want to test his strength with Alvarez and that is where his added padding will hold him in good stead. If Khan can concentrate for the full twelve rounds stick to his game plan and build up the rounds, he could pull off a monumental points victory! – Good luck Amir British boxing is right behind you!