Bolton’s Amir Khan, the former WBA light-welterweight champion will take on Mexican super-star Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for his WBC Middleweight title in Las Vegas on May 7th, in news that shocked fans and left us scratching our heads.
“As the middleweight champion of the world, I will take on the best fighters in the sport, and on Cinco de Mayo weekend, I look forward to making the first defense of my titles,” Alvarez announced.
“Amir was a decorated amateur, a two-time world champion and is in the prime of his career. Fans are in for a great fight on May 7.” he added.
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This is an intriguing fight to say the least and Khan will be stepping up two weight divisions for the privilege of facing Alvarez. The fight will take place at the new T-Mobile Arena in Sin-City on the Cinco de Mayo weekend, when Mexican’s celebrate defeating the French at the battle of Puebia, in 1862 and they will be hoping to be celebrate victory over the British in 2016, but hey this is a fight Khan can win!
— Amir Khan (@AmirKingKhan) February 2, 2016
Khan who announced the news on his twitter fans on Tuesday evening, was expected to accept a fight with either WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia in a rematch, or the all UK clash with IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook. Terms couldn’t be agreed, with Brook at least and Khan ment he mentioned he had other options up his sleeve if he couldn’t agree a split with Brook, he wasn’t kidding!
From Khan’s point of view he will be taking on arguably the 2nd most popular active boxer in the sport today, behind Manny Pacquiao and since his former conqueror Floyd Mayweather retired, and it is a win, win situation for him.
If he defeats Alvarez, he will become a two weight world champion and potentially he could get the fights he craves against Pacquiao and a certain “Money’ Mayweather. That is how boxing works, don’t expect Manny to retire if Khan pulls off the shock.
It would be considered a huge upset if Alvarez was to be dethroned by Khan. From a boxing stand-point, Khan hasn’t fought in a world title contest since losing to Garcia in July 2012 at light-welterweight. He has been the WBC’s Interim and silver belt welterweight champion, since he returned later that year and he has remained unbeaten in five fights since then but, he would have been out of the ring a year come May.
The fight being made at a catchweight of 155lbs (5lbs below the middleweight limit) seems like a good deal for Khan too, although Alvarez bulks up after weigh-in and on the night he will be bigger than his challenger.
But Khan has speed and great movement and they are his keys to victory. Alvarez will look to walk into range and chop Khan down starting with the body. If Amir can keep his boxing together and is fit enough to move for 12-rounds behind a great jab, he can pull of a monumental victory in America.
— Getty Images Sport (@GettySport) February 2, 2016
Alvarez has improved immensely since his only career loss in 2013 against Mayweather, when he he outboxed over the distance and made to look quiet ordinary. The defeat has infact made him a better fighter now and he has proved his pedigree with four good victories since there, including a points win over Miguel Cotto in his last fight , winning the belt he will defend against Khan.
We all know Khan is beatable but so is Alvarez! Can Khan devise the perfect tactics with his coach Virgil Hunter to out wit the heavier champion? Or will the weight advantage tell? There is no secret how Khan will go about beating ‘Canelo’ and that is to box. He is unlikely to have an effect punching power wise on the tough ginger Mexican, who turned pro at 15, but he punches hard enough to make a serious dent over 12-rounds.
Khan should be commended for taking this fight. With the odds stacked against him he has nothing to lose and that could be just the motivation he needs. Doubting people wrong is something Khan has history of doing and he likes it. What a fight we have in prospect, Khan is on the verge of THE career defining moment, a loss is by far the end, he would move back down in weight and move on. A win would take him into a totally different boxing stratosphere and a multi-million pound player in Nevada.
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TWITTER REACTION TO NEWS OF CANELO -vs- KHAN ANNOUNCEMENT
— Ron Lewis (@RonLewisTimes) February 2, 2016
Remember not so long ago Mayweather v Canelo? For me @AmirKingKhan is just as quick. Amir on points for me. Intriguing fight tho. ????
— Kalle+NisseSauerland (@SauerlandBros) February 2, 2016
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) February 2, 2016
Let’s all bend out necks slightly and salute @AmirKingKhan
That is a fight, that is how you shut people up. Congrats to Amir and his people
— Steve Bunce (@bigdaddybunce) February 2, 2016
— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) February 2, 2016
— Adam Smith (@SkyAdamSmith) February 2, 2016
You have to take your hat off to @AmirKingKhan going in with Canelo! It’s a daunting task an one he deserves massive credit for entertaining
— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) February 2, 2016
— Amir Khan (@AmirKingKhan) February 2, 2016