Canelo v Khan - Concrete Shoes v Glass Chin
Canelo Alvarez (l) and Amir Khan (r) during their press tour in New York ahead of their boxing bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, USA on May 8th, 2016 / Pic: Alex Goodlett

On Sunday May 8th Canelo v Khan will be the first to fight at 20k-seat T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, USA.

The Canelo v Khan fight has received both criticism and interest from the boxing community. It will get an intriguing test of styles. An immobile, counter-punching and powerful Mexican Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez against an incredible hand speed with fluid mobility, but glass chinned Brit Amir ‘King’ Khan.

Alvarez at only age 25 is fast becoming, if not already, the face of boxing now that Mayweather has retired. He is certainly boxing’s biggest PvP draw. After turning pro at age 15, Canelo has a record of 46W – 1L with 1 draw and 32 KO’s. With his only loss coming from defensive genius Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather and notable wins over ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley, Austin Trout, Erislandy Lara and Miguel Cotto. He is an excellent counter/combination puncher with genuine power. He though has slow feet, which is one of the reasons he was unable to corner or catch Mayweather and had trouble with the slick movement of Lara.

After beating Champion and future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto in a huge fight last November, the boxing public was anxiously hoping to see Canelo taking on middleweight champion Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin. But Alvarez declined. He was requesting that the fight takes place at a catchweight of 155lb, now dubbed ‘Caneloweight’. He unexpectedly chose to face British Amir Khan, who will move up effectively two weight classes to take the fight instead.

Khan won 2004 Olympic Silver at the Games in Athens at only age 17. His professional record is 31W – 3L (2 by KO) with 19KO’s. Khan has an amateur boxing style, with very fast hands thrown with huge output at range, and lots of lateral movement and in/out movement. He has notable wins over Marco Antonio Barrera, Paul Malignaggi, Marcos Rene Maidana and Zab Judah at super-lightweight (135lb) and lightweight (140lb). He also states recent wins over Luis Collazo, Devon Alexander and Chris Algieri at welterweight (147lb). Although, Khan has a weakness – he often drops his hands after throwing his flurries on the way out. He gets caught cleanly with counter punches, which is how he has lost by KO dramatically in 2 of his fights. He has also been seriously rocked in many of his other fights.

I have been critical of Khan in the past for calling out to fight Floyd Mayweather, but then going inactive while he waits for his opportunity. Khan has taken on a huge risk in accepting this fight against the bigger, stronger and hard-hitting Alvarez. It is Khan who has everything to gain from this fight. Canelo has everything to lose. If Canelo wins, as is expected by most of the boxing world, he will be accused of bringing up another smaller man to fight at a Catchweight. He should be fighting the legitimate middleweight champion at the divisions actual weight class.

In the Canelo v Khan bout I will be placing my money on Khan. The odds are too good to refuse. I will need a reason to be angry at Khan for losing this fight. I can see Khan troubling Canelo with his speed and movement, much like Canelo was troubled by Lara’s movement in that fight. Although only 1 of Canelo’s punches is needed to end this fight.