Boxing may have gotten a little stale with the departure of legends Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao from the sport, but one of the most highly-anticipated matchups of the year is taking place in Las Vegas this weekend, at the new state-of-the-art T-Mobile Arena.
WBC world middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) of Guadalajara, Mexico takes on Bolton’s Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KO’s) this Saturday, May 7 (Sunday, May 8 – Manila time).
Khan, 29, is moving up two weight divisions to face Alvarez at a catchweight of 155 pounds after failing to secure big money fights against both Mayweather and Pacquiao. Khan had been lobbying for a high-profile fight for the longest time, but had been unable to do so, causing him to compromise in order to land the Alvarez bout.
Khan isn’t exactly the best candidate to face Alvarez at the moment — that distinction belongs to middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin — but Alvarez went ahead and took Khan’s offer because it presents a low risk, high reward scenario for the young champion.
Alvarez, 25, defeated Puerto Rican fighter Miguel Cotto in his last outing, in one of the biggest bouts of last year. Alvarez outpoint Cotto, winning by unanimous decision in a brutal affair that saw each fighter land heavy shots during the course of 12 rounds.
Khan doesn’t have the best chin in the sport, and if Alvarez can land a solid punch it should affect the Englishman. Most, if not all, observers and fans see this Alvarez-Khan bout as a mismatch in favor of the Mexican.
Khan on the other hand last fought in May of last year, against former junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri. Khan ran away with a unanimous decision but not after being occasionally rocked by the light-hitting New Yorker.
Alvarez and Khan will go head-to-head in a 12 round contest for Alvarez’ WBC middleweight strap. The fight is not expected to go the distance. – By Carlos Cinco
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