By Edward Chaykovsky
British star Amir Khan (31-3, 19KOs) is not the least bit bothered by the issue of weight in his anticipated fight against WBC middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
The fight will take place on May 7th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. A catch-weight of 155-pounds will see Khan rise by eight pounds. Canelo has fought his last four bouts at 155, but his weight jumps up very high on fight night. He is expected to get as big as a light heavyweight by the time he steps through the ropes.
Khan says that he often spars with fighters who are much bigger than him and does damage during the sessions. He says the additional pounds will make him a lot stronger and puncher a lot harder.
"I think I'm going to be at a good weight because of the way I work on the strength side of things. I was a big 147-pound fighter and a big 140-pound fighter as well. Most of my sparring is done at a weight of 161 or 162 and that's when I perform at my best," Khan said.
"That's when I feel both quick and powerful. I've hurt a lot of middleweights while sparring at that weight. Now I can work on that strength at this weight whereas normally I'd have to lay off the strength side of things because I don't want to be putting on too much muscle."
The majority of those who are picking Canelo to win are basing their opinion on the size difference. Most expect Canelo to come forward and walk Khan down for a TKO in the early rounds. Khan feels the experts are underestimating his power. He predicts his punching power, combined with his fast hands, will make Canelo think twice about coming forward.
"Once he gets hit by my shots, he'll think twice about coming forward. I really believe I'm going to shock the world and that it will be an Amir Khan fight. This isn't about the money, it's about proving myself," Khan said.
"Canelo is one of the most dangerous fighters in the world and not many people would say 'yes' to fighting him, that's the type of guy I am. I really believe it will bring out the best in me. It's a massive fight and a chance to prove how good Amir Khan is."