“This fight is bigger than Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, and I believe I will become the biggest name in the sport on May 7. It’s going to be amazing to be called the middleweight champion, and that’s like a dream come true.”
Amir Khan, on his upcoming mega-fight with Canelo Alvarez at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
The distance between our dreams and reality is called “Action!”, something a movie director will demand from his charge to captivate an audience. Khan has already won an “Oscar”, in the form of Golden Boy head honcho De La Hoya, who happens to be the same man responsible for the clash set to hit big flat-screens on May 7 (the fight is also showing in approximately 200 U.S. movie theaters, which can be conveniently purchased at: www.fathomevents.com/event/canelo-vs-khan-live/buy), and it will be an absolute blockbuster. Not only do Canelo and Khan have contrasting styles, they also have far different personalities- which plays a major role in why this will be such a great fight.
Throw out the understandable notion that Khan has no business in this fight, while understanding how its been match-making that turned “you” into a fan of the sport, along with all of the hyperbole that goes into any huge promotion. Khan trainer Virgil Hunter recently dropped with a poker face that Khan ‘can beat Canelo more impressively than Mayweather did’ and has his fighter fully committed to doing just that.
“I achieved a lot in my amateur career and I’m a two-weight world champion,” Khan declared via media conference call, before delivering his closing line like a Sultan. “But nothing will compare to what I’m about to do. Becoming middleweight champion will be bigger than anything I’ve ever done.”
We will indeed find out.
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Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan
When: Saturday, May 7 @ 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV and aired “Live” on HBO
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But if this fight isn’t enough of a reason for you to buy this event: Three exciting fights have been confirmed leading up to the Canelo vs. Khan mega-fight. In the co-main event of the evening, former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs) will be looking to rebound following a loss to “GGG” in NYC last October. The biggest boxing star from Canada will be looking to blast the hard-nosed Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (23-2, 15 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round middleweight fight. Then, pesky top rated contender Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (22-5) will move up to welterweight to square off against East L.A.’s undefeated Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez (20-0, 13 KOs) in a ten-round welterweight fight. You may recall Herrera giving Danny “Swift” Garcia hell a few years ago, as he faces the all-world potential of Gomez- who recently went through intense sparring with Manny Pacquiao in preparation for his third bout with Timothy Bradley.
Setting the tone for this card will be dynamic prospect Patrick Teixeira (26-0, 22 KOs), who will face battle tested warrior Curtis Stevens from Brooklyn (27-5, 20 KOs) in a ten-round career-defining middleweight bout. This will be the most explosive fight card offered so far in 2016 and you really don’t want to miss this! Now, back to the stars of this event…
DON’T TALK, ACT.
DON’T SAY, SHOW.
DON’T PROMISE, PROVE.
If there could be a simple phrase to describe young Mexican sensation Canelo Alvarez, perhaps this would be it. Full of quiet passion and purpose, I asked Canelo what kind of thoughts he had about Virgil Hunter’s remarks at a recent media event and it elicited no response, just a slight head shake and a smirk dripping with insouciance. He tried not to show it, but it irritated him, for he’s been eager to elevate his game since facing “Money” in September 2013.
Mayweather was masterful against Canelo, giving the young star a #2 pencil and an exam before sending him to “Time Out” with an F grade. To eclipse the brilliance of Mayweather, Khan would have to stand directly in front of Alvarez and make him miss while delivering sharp punches with alarming accuracy. Not only that, but Khan would need to stand his ground while making Canelo respect his power enough to cause doubt- and I doubt he can do this. What we see on May 7 will demonstrate just how far Canelo has come (or hasn’t, to detractors/supporters of Khan) since the Mayweather fight, as the speedy Khan cannot really come close to playing the chess game of inches like Floyd does.
Khan also isn’t facing Chris Algieri (who was mugged recently by Errol Spence Jr.), a fighter with little punching power who uncharacteristically came forward and caused him major problems. Instead, he’ll have a stocky, combination throwing, tree-trunk legged champion in front of him with a harder chin.
I believe this fight will closely resemble Alvarez’s September 2012 bombing of a smaller Josesito Lopez, who was eventually overwhelmed and gunned down under immense pressure. Khan will bother Alvarez with his speed somewhat, but not as much as the Mexican’s speed and vastly underrated defense will bother him. I had a chance to encounter Danny Garcia ahead of this clash, and he thinks that Khan can upset Canelo with his superior athleticism and overall skill set to eck out a narrow points win. I disagreed. Over the course of 12 rounds, there’s no way he doesn’t run into a money punch similar to the one he landed on Khan in July 2012 that got him KTFO.
“Swift” hasn’t brought his power from 140lbs to 147, but he’d still hurt Khan at welterweight. What do you think Canelo will do to him super-welterweight? A national and cultural icon, Canelo’s matinee idol looks and substance rivals that of the “Golden Boy” in his heyday, as he’ll be eager to rock Khan and T-Mobile Arena early and often.This is no longer a fighter preparing for Gennady Golovkin, as he understands that that fight – is a to him what this fight is to Khan: Too much against too big and talented of an opponent.
The Reynoso brothers and De La Hoya knew what they were doing with this one, as they’ll get a Khan who is cunning and power hungry, a guy eager to become a legend breaking in a brand new 400 million dollar arena with a legion of hysterical Brits looking to outdo the vocal support raining in on Alvarez. He’s a lot like Jafar from “Aladdin”, and will get stuffed in his own genie bottle by Canelo, who will systematically breakdown and beat up Khan, en route to an exciting 8th round KO to set up a superfight with Manny Pacquiao.
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