By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
LENNOX LEWIS believes this is Amir Khan’s time to take his place among British boxing greats.
The former heavyweight champion will be ringside at the T-Mobile Arena in the early hours of Sunday morning when Khan faces WBC middleweight champion.
Few are giving Khan a chance as he moves up from welterweight. But Lewis reckons his fellow Brit can shock the world and become a great.
Lewis said: “Amir's been waiting for this all his life. This is his time to take his place among the British boxing stars. This is the fight he wants.”
He was speaking at a question and answer session at the arena alongside Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins and Oscar De La Hoya.
American De La Hoya is Alvarez’s promoter but revealed he can sense an upset with the pressure on the Mexican.
He said: “This is what he wanted, Cinco de Mayo, headlining in the first fight at the T-Mobile Arena. How is he going to handle it? Imagine all the pressure on his back. If you are the favourite, a lot of times it affects you, gives you false confidence.
“We've put a rematch clause in for a reason. I can sense something. Amir can throw punches in bunches and can create a lot of problems for a fighter like Canelo, who does not have his amateur experience.
“Amir is motivated. Being the underdog changes his whole frame of mind and takes him to a whole new level. If he's running two miles regularly, he will want to run five or 10. He wants to win, he wants to shock the world.”