Amir Khan was in confident mood as he weighed in right on the 155lbs limit for Saturday’s world title fight against Canelo Alvarez.
The Briton is jumping two weight divisions to challenge for Alvarez’s WBC middleweight crown, although the fighters agreed to a catchweight 5lbs below the standard 160lbs limit.
Alvarez was also recorded at 155lbs outside Las Vegas’ new T-Mobile Arena, the venue for Khan’s first world title fight since he was stopped by Danny Garcia almost four years ago.
The pair then faced off with the same show of mutual respect that has characterised the long build-up to Saturday’s meeting before both spoke confidently about their chances.
Khan said: “I’m up against a great fighter but I’m 100 per cent confident I can go in there and win this fight. Being the underdog, I want to prove I belong at the top. This is my time.”
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Alvarez said: “I feel great making the weight. I’m looking forward to a great fight tomorrow. I know I’m fighting an opponent who moves a lot but I’m prepared.”
The contest is being billed as speed vs size although the naturally-bigger Mexican, whose sole defeat in 48 professional fights came against Floyd Mayweather, has warned he is ready to outbox the challenger if necessary.
Khan claims the bold leap to middleweight has not slowed his renowned hand movement, but he will start as a big underdog as far as the bookmakers are concerned.
Not every expert agrees, and Lennox Lewis this week said in an interview with the press that he expects the Bolton man’s hand to be raised if the fight goes the distance.
Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter, meanwhile, now believes his fighter “can beat Canelo worse than Floyd” after initial misgivings about the match-up.
“I wouldn’t call it an upset if Amir wins,” he said.