By Radio Rahim
For the first time in his career, former world champion Amir Khan (31-3, 19KOs) finds himself in the underdog role. Not just any underdog role, Khan is a huge underdog in his upcoming fight with WBC middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (46-1-1, 32KOs).
The fight is scheduled for May 7th from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Khan jumps up by eight pounds to face Canelo at a catch-weight of 155-pounds.
Khan has been stopped by Breidis Prescott and Danny Garcia at much lower weights. He was also knocked down and rattled a few times in other contests. The issue of his chin and the physicality of Canelo has created a lot of debate among fans who wonder if the fight is going to be a physical mismatch.
There are a few fighters, and trainers, who believe Khan is stylistically capable of pulling off the upset if he sticks to his game plan and stays away from Canelo's power.
Veteran trainer Robert Garcia does not view the fight as a mismatch. He actually expects a very close contest and not an early blowout as some have predicted. Some of Khan's physical gifts, like his fast hand and fast feet, can create some issues for Canelo, says Garcia.
"A lot of people are not happy about that fight, but I actually think that it's going to be a pretty close fight. Khan is a little bit taller than Canelo. Khan is very fast and moves very well, so that can give Canelo problems. I'm not saying Khan beats Canelo, and I'm not as excited as I was for Cotto-Canelo, but it is an interesting fight and it is a fight that I want to see," Garcia told BoxingScene.com.