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Saunders: Khan Was Beating Canelo; I'm Better Fighter Than Khan

By Keith Idec

Among the factors that make Billy Joe Saunders confident he can beat Canelo Alvarez is the way Amir Khan boxed against Alvarez before Khan got knocked out.

England’s Khan boxed well in a competitive bout before Alvarez knocked him unconscious with a right hand in the sixth round. Khan was ahead on one scorecard (48-47) and down on two (49-46, 48-47) through five rounds, before Alvarez landed the pulverizing punch that ended their May 2016 fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Unlike Khan (31-4, 19 KOs), who moved up from welterweight to fight for Alvarez’s WBC middleweight championship at a catch weight of 155 pounds, Saunders is a true middleweight who stands 5-feet-11, two inches taller than Alvarez.

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The skillful southpaw from Manchester, England, also believes he is a better technician than Khan. Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs), the WBO middleweight champion, knows Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) is more likely to embrace a rematch against Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) for his May 5 return, but he hopes he gets a chance to prove himself against the Mexican superstar.

“I personally think that Amir Khan was beating Canelo on points until … until he got knocked out,” Saunders said during the most recent episode of CompuBox’s “Inside Boxing Live” podcast.

“I believe Amir Khan was one round, maybe two up before the knockout. Now I consider myself a lot better fighter than Amir Khan. I consider myself a lot more crafty, a lot more technical than Amir Khan.

“He’s a great fighter, Amir Khan, he’s a good fighter. But my opinion, again, I class myself as a better fighter. Probably he classes himself as a better fighter than me. But in my own mind, in my own head, I’m a better fighter than him, and I would’ve done a few things different than Amir Khan did. But I would love that fight with Canelo Alvarez, absolutely love it.”

Khan has not fought since Alvarez beat him. Saunders enhanced his stock within the boxing industry by dominating David Lemieux (38-4, 33 KOs) on his way to a convincing, 12-round unanimous decision victory December 16 in Laval, Quebec, Canada.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Stuntman Mike on 01-05-2018

[QUOTE=alexguiness;18376257]Saunders can give Canelo the same problems that Lara did. Lara had all the tools to beat Canelo, but didnt commit in the Championship rounds. In a way, Lara beat himself.[/QUOTE] No way Saunders takes that body barrage and survives…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 01-02-2018

[QUOTE=soul_survivor;18377546]So your bet is that Canelo will stay at MW? I said he'd fight at 155 or 157 or some random catchweight. That can be categorised as MW so I wouldn't lose that bet lol[/QUOTE] Lol you got me there.

Comment by Sir_Didymus on 01-02-2018

I don't think anyone can win against Canelo on points until Goldenboy has a new cash cow to replace him and then he'll become a very expensive sacrifice in his twilight years. BJS is very good but he doesn't have…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 01-02-2018

canelo wouldn't have to bait in saunders like he did khan before popping him, he'd fight a diff fight

Comment by soul_survivor on 01-02-2018

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18376456]No. You said Canelo will go back down in weight. I say no. Hell stay at MW after he fights GGG 5-5-2018. It pretty much already a done deal. You watch it will get announced before January is up. Now…

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