Timeless legend Bernard Hopkins predicted during a Monday interview with Fight Hype that Canelo Alvarez is too “rough and tough” for fragile Englishman Amir Khan.
The 5-foot-9 Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) is slated to defend the WBC world middleweight championship versus the 5-foot-8 Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) at a maximum weight of 155 pounds on May 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 29-year-old Khan, a former IBF and WBA light-welterweight titleholder who became one of the most youthful British champs ever at the age of 22, has never competed at a weight heavier than 147 pounds.
“It’s going to be closer than what people think it is as far as the action,” said Hopkins, 51, a future first-ballot Hall of Famer who is the oldest pugilist to ever capture a major world title. “Amir Khan really knows how to box. I think Canelo is just rough and tough. Psychologically, Canelo’s been there.”
Khan hasn’t fought since winning a unanimous decision over ballsy New Yorker Chris Algieri in their exciting welterweight clash last May. Khan officially beat the 32-year-old Algieri (21-2, 8 KOs) by counts of 115-113, 117-111 and 117-111. Using deft footwork and an effective jab, Algieri frequently rocked Khan with flush shots. Fortunately for the 8-1 favorite, Algieri possesses feathery fists and his punches couldn’t even floor the delicate Khan. “King Khan” ultimately escaped by leaning on his elite speed and precise accuracy. In contrast to the relatively inactive bloke, the 25-year-old Alvarez unanimously outscored Miguel Cotto to earn the 160-pound belt on November 21.
The WBC announced in January that Alvarez must face Gennady Golovkin in a 2016 unification match. Shortly after the WBC’s announcement, Alvarez dropped his absurd request for a catchweight and verbally agreed to scrap the 5-foot-10 Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) as a true, 160-pound middleweight. However, Alvarez was given permission to meet an alternate opponent in the interim so he can “safely” gain weight before throwing fists with Golovkin. Therefore, Alvarez chose to meet the unimposing and brittle Khan.
Khan has fast hands and he “really knows how to box.” Regrettably for the British chandelier, Khan also has a glass jaw and Alvarez’s fists resemble cinder blocks. Alvarez will relentlessly attack Khan and constantly land vicious shots. It’s unlikely that Khan can survive more than 18 minutes in the squared circle with the “rough and tough” Alvarez.
After the Mexican bruiser finishes Amir Khan, Canelo Alvarez will violently fall to Gennady Golovkin as a dignified, 160-pounder this autumn.