Amir Khan climbs two weight classes to fight reigning WBC middleweight champion Saul Canelo Alvarez.
British boxer Amir Khan, a natural light welterweight, credits his trainer Virgil Hunter for his new found confidence moving up and fighting a heftier champion in Canelo Alvarez. Virgil Hunter also trains world champion Andre Ward.
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By facing Canelo Alvarez, not a few people shook their heads in disbelief. The decision made Eddie Hearns, who trains Kell Brook, the fighter Khan is supposed to meet at welterweight aptly summed the move as utter madness.
“Canelo is a monster, a tough guy, with speed, power, everything. Did I really need to take this fight?” admits Khan via BBC Sport.
Khan stated that this type of fight gives him chance to show the world what he can do and how good can he get after being overlooked by superstars in boxing Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. At 29, this match with Canelo Alvarez seems like a make or break for the British boxer.
Canelo Alvarez’ main advantage is his power. In fighting Khan, Alvarez will try to use his power to expose Khan’s brittle chin. Only 25 and had been beaten only once, Alvarez looks to dominate his weight division for a long time and he reveals he will not only use power to subdue his opponent.
Khan admits not everybody gives him a chance against Alvarez but he knows he will get the respect he for so long wanted when he proved his critics wrong. If he gets to win a shocker against the reigning champion, it will be a story similar to underdog narrative of how a small Leicester City was able to win premier league and capture the heart of the sporting world.
Amir Khan plans to display his full arsenal against Canelo Alvarez as he claims he is a different fighter now under Virgil Hunter. He chooses his combinations now minding any possible counterattacks not like when he was younger that he would just throw punches everywhere.
Khan has proved naysayers wrong in the past and he does not mind proving them wrong once again on the big stage. Skysports reports, if Khan ends up victorious, it will be the biggest win of his career and 6th consecutive after he lost to Danny Garcia 4 years ago.
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