By Edward Chaykovsky
British star Amir Khan (31-3, 19KOs) feels Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (46-1-1, 32KOs) presents a very exploitable style.
Khan will move up by eight pounds on May 7th to challenge Canelo for the WBC middleweight title for a catch-weight of 155-pounds. The fight takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
There will be some inactivity. Khan was last in the ring back in May 2015, when he won a tougher than expected twelve round decision over former WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri.
Khan is planning to pack on actual muscle. He is not looking to pack on the pounds by eating.
For some of his most recent fights, he's rehydrated from 156 to 161. As previously reported, he intends to be 165-pounds for Canelo, who is likely going to be over 170.
"For the Algieri fight I was a little bit lighter than normal because I changed my diet. I was 156, 157. For the Devon Alexander fight and the one before that, with [Luis] Collazo, I was 161," Khan explained to Steve Bunce of BoxNation.
"I don't want to eat my way to 155. I want to train my way to 155. I want to be nice and strong at 165. That's what I want to come in at."
Khan will be on his toes, using movement and skill to outbox the bigger man. Unlike some of his past fight, he is going to avoid any possibility of standing and trading with Canelo.
"I'm not going to be standing there for him to hit me. I’m going to box him smartly. I'm going to be smart in there. Im going to stick to my boxing skill. I really do believe that if I hit him with a real clean shot that I can hurt him," Khan said.
"He’s a little bit shorter than me. The only thing is, he’s very thick. He has a very thick body. He’s very heavy and very dense. That's one guy that I don't want to stand in there and trade with him. I think this fight will bring the best out of me because it will make me think. It will make me box and stick to my game plan, because I know one mistake can get me in trouble."