Canelo Alvarez vs Amir Khan Preview; Middleweight Title Bout
Amir Khan finally gets the big marquee fight he’s been wanting for years, as he headlines a major Pay Per View fight against Canelo Alvarez. Khan has been very vocal about wanting this kind of fight, but he could never get Mayweather or Pacquiao to make it happen. Now, he moves up to a new division to challenge for the Middleweight title.
This fight matches a pair of fighters from fighting-crazed nations and shook the boxing world to the ground when it was announced out of the blue by Golden Boy Promotions in March.
Canelo is one of boxing’s biggest stars and hottest draws. With the need for a big-name opponent for a Pay Per View date, he reached down and grabbed Khan, a fast, talented fighter who has been chasing big fights, but never fought above welterweight during his career.
Khan Is Fast and Hits Hard
Amir Khan is one of the fastest fighters in his division. He’s very good at pushing the pace, getting off quick shots and outpointing opponents. In particular, he uses his jab well, with a much higher jab rate than the average fighter.
Against the heavier Canelo, who does not possess particularly good foot speed, this advantage is expected to be magnified (unless Khan has lost some of that speed in the move up).
Canelo struggled to trap Miguel Cotto in their fight and Cotto does not have the speed that Khan possesses.
Khan should be able to use the ring to his advantage, keep on the outside and use his speed to out-land Canelo.
Canelo Is Young and Dangerous
Canelo is a great fighter, but he’s not an unstoppable monster. He’s struggled in the ring at times and those struggles have come against the really technical fighters he has faced. Mayweather beat him by making Canelo box, and the gifted Erislandy Lara gave Canelo a lot of problems.
Canelo’s best performances come when his opponent wants to push in there and go to war – think of Alfredo Angulo, James Kirkland, Josesito Lopez. That is simply not Amir Khan and it’s not what Canelo will see across the ring from him Saturday night.
When Canelo is in there with those aggressive fighters, he is able to dictate the fight and out-land his opponent. When he is in there with a more cerebral fighter, Canelo’s output drops significantly and he is frequently out-boxed. This weakness of Canelo’s plays directly to the strengths of Khan.
Triple-G Will Be Up Next
With a top-prize fight taking place in Las Vegas on Saturday night, boxing fans all over the world are clamoring for a mega-fight between star middleweights Canelo Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Anticipation has been building for several months, but Golden Boy Promotions has shown increasing resistance to preventing the bout from taking place this year.
When Alvarez puts his middleweight title on the line against Amir Khan at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night, it should be his final bout before a championship unification fight against Golovkin. Holding two major middleweight belts, Golovkin is the mandatory challenger to Alvarez and his WBO title.
However, even though Alvarez is a heavy favorite and expected to defeat Khan with Golovkin watching ringside, it’s looking more and more like Alvarez vs. Golovkin won’t be happening anytime soon because of Alvarez’s camp.
(Canelo Alvarez vs Amir Khan Preview)