Amir Khan is under no illusions about the challenge he faces when he takes on Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on May 7.
The pair square off for the WBC middleweight title in Las Vegas in a little over two months’ time. They will be fighting at a catchweight 155lbs rather than the 147lbs welterweight limit Khan is used to fighting at.
In Alvarez, Khan faces a fighter who has lost just once in his career – to Floyd Mayweather in 2013 – and the Briton knows he must brace for what will probably be the toughest test of his career.
“I’ve been let down so many times in terms of having the biggest fights – there are a lot of big names I wanted to fight and this is my time to shine,” he said.
“I want to show the world how good I am. I’m up against a monster, in a way, someone who is a great fighter and a dangerous fighter.
“People have asked me why I want to move up to middleweight to fight this great fighter, this great puncher, and I’ve said I believe I can win this fight. I believe I can take his power, take his speed, and that I have the moves to win this fight.”
Khan will be the underdog against Alvarez, but is confident he can upset the odds.
“When I was 17 I went to the Olympic Games as an underdog and nobody expected me to do anything at the Olympics,” he said.
“I was a young boy who was supposed to get beat by these men and people really thought I shouldn’t have gone there.
“It seems like a lot of people are saying for this fight that Alvarez is ‘going to walk right through him’ but I promise you guys you’re going to see a different Amir Khan in this fight.”