Lewis: This is the fight Khan wants

Former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world Lennox Lewis feels that Amir Khan has what it takes to upset WBC middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in their fight on Saturday night at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

At a Q&A at the Arena on Thursday night with The Mirrors David Anderson in Las Vegas, Lewis said Saturday's bout was the opportunity for Khan to become a British boxing star should he upset the champion and win the fight.  

"Amir's been waiting for this all his life," Lewis said. "This is his time to take his place among the British boxing stars. This is the fight he wants.

"Amir has his amateur style. He took that into the professionals and he's doing well with it. It's a unique style.

"He throws piston-like punches. That really helps him in the pros. He's firing on all guns and that's an advantage for him."

Lewis feels the fact that Khan is the better boxer, moves well and has superior speed will be difficult for Alvarez to handle and could very well be the difference between the two. 

"They say he goes flat-footed in the ninth round when he gets tired, but he's got good enough footwork to stay away from it," said Lewis.

"Speed and weight are power. If you get the speed and the weight right, the power is there.

"Amir is not going to be an easy guy to find in the ring. Canelo is not used to a guy running around the ring.

"But Khan can't afford to show he's hurt if he does catch him. He has to fake it and look like he's not hurt and keep Canelo off balance that way. If he does all this, then, yeah, he can upset the odds."