Saul Alvarez v Amir Khan – T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas at 04:30 live on BoxNation
This highly anticipated fight has finally come around, and this weekend we will see challenger Amir Khan face Mexican Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas for the WBC middleweight title.
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Saul Alvarez is the current WBC middleweight champion having defeated Miguel Cotto in November last year in Las Vegas; Canelo defeating the Puerto Rican after 12 rounds through a unanimous decision.
At the moment he has fought 48 times, winning 46 with one draw and one defeat to his name.
The 25-year-old has kept the same team close to him from a young age, and at 22 held the WBA regular middleweight title before he got his shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr when he was 23.
His only defeat came against the American, taking him the distance as Canelo lost through a unanimous decision with the judges stating Mayweather won all twelve rounds.
When it comes to the Mexican’s fights, Alvarez is use to taking bouts all the way with three of his last five resulting in a decision. While five of his last ten have ended in TKO or KO.
The power Canelo possess is frightening and if he can get some clean shots on Khan, it will hurt the British fighter having seen previous bouts Khan has fought in. But there is always the speed which is the question surrounding the Orthodox Mexican.
Amir Khan heads into this fight having moved up two weight classes having ushered off other challenges earlier on in the year to go for the ultimate title shot.
The British fighter’s current record stands at fought 34, winning 31 (19 through KO), and losing three.
Khan’s last fight came against Chris Algieri in New York where he retained his WBC silver welterweight title through unanimous decision after twelve rounds.
In fact, four of his last five fights have gone the distance and have been decided through a UD.
The 29-year-old has faced criticism in the past having suffered back-to-back defeats in 2011 and 2012, but since then has gone five unbeaten.
The Olympic gold medallist has been also shown up for his said to be “glass chin” with two of this three career defeats ending in early KOs.
But it seems Khan has moved on from that, getting a new team in and developing more on his defensive game ahead of this clash on Saturday.
The fight is said to be Canelo’s power against Khan’s speed and with that comes a contrast of two different fighters, but for Amir Khan this is a win-win situation.
Overall, I cannot see anything more than a Canelo victory. Yes, Khan has the speed, but Canelo has been working on his pace and power and as the fight wears on we’ll the class of the Mexican shine through.
Asian Handicap Recommendation: Over 8.5 rounds @ 1.91 with 888Sport
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