Canelo-Khan Fight Preview
Cinco de Mayo weekend has traditionally been a boxing weekend in Las Vegas, and this weekend is no different, as Canelo Alvarez will defend his middleweight championship against Amir Khan at the new T-Mobile Arena.
Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) makes the first defense of his WBC belt after dethroning Miguel Cotto last November and looks to make a statement on Saturday night against Khan (31-3, 19 KOs), despite the continued questions about a potential showdown with Gennady Golovkin.
“It’s in my future plans. It’s definitely in my future plans. I want to have that fight [vs Golovkin]. I want to give that to the fans. I’m just not sure when,” said Alvarez during a recent conference call.
“Right now I’m focused on Amir Khan. That’s my fight. I want to fight three times this year. That’s my goal. That’s my plan. But anything can happen in this fight with Amir Khan. So sometimes you have a plan and it changes, so I’m focused 100 percent on Amir Khan and we’ll see right after that.”
While there are many discounting Khan, specifically for questionable chin, the former junior welterweight titlist does present some tricks that could give Canelo trouble. Though he’s making his debut at middleweight, Khan possesses some of the quickest hands in boxing and while he may lack the power in that division, he has excellent technique and has shown the ability to adapt better in his recent fights when he’s found himself in trouble.
“I’m up against a very big middleweight fighter, which Canelo, he’s a middleweight world champion,” said Khan recently. “We’re doing everything right. I mean, look, my skills are what’s going to win me this fight. I know I’m not going to be stronger than Canelo in any way. I’m not going to be thinking I’m stronger than Canelo, but I’m going to stand with him and fight with him. I think my skills in this fight will win me the fight, and I don’t know if the speed I have is something that ‑‑ I don’t think that Canelo’s experienced speed with combinations and speed with power. I think there will be a lot of people who will be ‑‑ I would say I will definitely shock the world come May 7th, otherwise I wouldn’t take the fight.”
Canelo of course has other plans, and with his lone loss coming at the hands of Floyd Mayweather, Alvarez says he’s grown more and more confident since, especially after beating someone like Cotto. Canelo says he doesn’t feel he lost credibility in losing to Mayweather, and is comfortable fighting against different styles.
“Look, I think I faced every kind of style. There’s so many different styles I’ve faced,” said Alvarez. “I’ve faced people like that that are fast, elusive. I have the experience to be victorious May 7. I think it’s something that he doesn’t bring anything different that I haven’t faced before in the past to the table.”
Canelo is obviously the naturally bigger fighter, and continues to grow as a technical boxer. Surely he has the power to take his opponents out and will look to do so against Khan on Saturday night, but should Khan survive Canelo’s big punches, the outcome could be very interesting.
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