Canelo Alvarez will defend the WBC world middleweight title against fragile Englishman Amir Khan on May 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 5-foot-9 Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) is slated to fight the 5-foot-8 Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) at a maximum weight of 155 pounds. Alvarez unanimously outscored Miguel Cotto to capture the 160-pound belt on November 21. In contrast to the relatively active Alvarez, Khan hasn’t fought since winning a unanimous decision over ballsy New Yorker Chris Algieri in their exciting welterweight clash last May.
Khan, a former IBF and WBA light-welterweight titleholder who became one of the most youthful British champs ever at the age of 22, officially beat the 31-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.
“I know Canelo fights the best and wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to face me like others have,” said Khan, 29, who earned silver as a 17-year-old lightweight at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. “My goal is to always fight the biggest names and the best fighters. That is why I’m excited for this fight. Also, I would like to thank my team and Golden Boy Promotions for this opportunity. I know I have the speed and ability to beat him and will give my fans what they deserve on May 7.”
The WBC announced in January that Alvarez must face Gennady Golovkin in a 2016 unification bout. Shortly after the WBC’s announcement, Alvarez dropped his absurd request for a catchweight and verbally agreed to battle 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. Hence, Alvarez’s choice to scrap the unimposing Khan.
“As the middleweight champion of the world, I will take on the best fighters in the sport, and on Cinco de Mayo weekend, I look forward to making the first defense of my titles,” said Alvarez, 25, a Mexican superstar who began boxing professionally at the ludicrous age of 15. “Amir was a decorated amateur, a two-time world champion and is in the prime of his career. Fans are in for a great fight on May 7.”
Khan has fast hands and solid skills. Regrettably for the brittle bloke, 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 Alvarez.
After the Mexican bruiser abuses Amir Khan, Canelo Alvarez will violently fall to Gennady Golovkin as a dignified, 160-pounder this autumn.