Saul Alvarez vs Amir Khan Predictions: Canelo Says He Cannot Relax Against British Challenger
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Reigning World Boxing Council middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is not taking Amir Khan lightly, knowing that his challenger is capable of pulling off an upset in their fight on May 7 at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Alvarez, who became the WBC middleweight champion after winning against Miguel Cotto in November, is tagged as a heavy favorite heading into the bout because of his advantage in size.
The two boxing superstars agreed at a catchweight of 155 pounds, which favors Canelo as he has been very comfortable fighting at that weight. And on fight night, the Mexican boxing superstar is expected to rehydrate to more than 170 pounds, while Khan will be fighting over 147 pounds for the first time in his career.
But while most boxing pundits and fans are already counting Khan out, Alvarez insisted that he has no room for complacency. The 25-year-old said that he is preparing hard for bout similar to the way he trained for his big showdown against Cotto last year.
“I’m taking this fight seriously against Amir Khan,” Alvarez told ESPN Deportes in a Saul Alvarez vs Amir Khan predictions interview via BoxingScene. “My preparation is equal to or even better than the one I did for Miguel Cotto. I’m just focused on Amir Khan and I respect all of my opponents. At this level there is no small opponent, and I will not get caught up in believing that Khan is.”
Alvarez, who boasts an impressive 46-1-1 fight record with 32 knockout victories, is already being linked to possible fights against fellow middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, who is the mandatory challenger to the WBC middleweight title.
When asked about the long-talked about showdown with Golovkin, Alvarez said that he has no reason to think of the Kazakh knockout artist and he is not treating his defense against Khan as a tune-up bout for the reigning World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and International Boxing Organization middleweight ruler.
“I’m not focusing on whether or not a fight with Khan will benefit me with going against Golovkin,” said Alvarez, whose lone loss came at the hands of Floyd Mayweather in September 2013. “There are many fighters out there. During these moments, I have no reason at all to think about Golovkin. I’ve already fought the best at 25-years-old.”
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