British boxer Amir Khan believes his underdog status in the May 7 title bout against WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez could work in his favour.
The hard-hitting Alvarez is the favourite to win the fight in Las Vegas in most people’s eyes, as the 29-year-old Khan has never fought above the welterweight limit of 147 pounds (66.7 kilograms).
In an interview with AFP, Khan, who is based in San Francisco and has only lost three times in 34 fights, feels that facing someone as tough as the 25-year-old Alvarez will bring out the best in him.
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“Obviously, we don’t want to walk into a fight and get hurt,” Khan tells AFP. “By me taking this fight, I will be more focused. I know I can’t make mistakes against this guy.
“I’ve made mistakes in the past at other weights because I thought I was more gifted than them, I knew I was more skilled and a better fighter than them guys. They can be my worse opponents because I don’t really have that fear element.
“But when you’re fighting someone who is tough, dangerous it is going to be a tough fight and that is what brings my ‘A’ game out.”
Though Alvarez’ record is impressive having only lost once in 48 fights with 32 knockouts, Khan feels that his hand speed and quickness will be the difference between the two come fight night.
“I know I’m not going to be stronger than him,” Khan said. “It’s the first fight I’m walking into as the underdog and that’s good. Because I can prove to people that this is where I belong.”