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The time has finally come for the newly crowned main event. Golden Boy promoted pay-per-view boxing attraction Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will get in the ring and defend his middleweight WBC world title, at the catch-weight of 155 lbs, vs Amir “King” Khan live, this Saturday May 7th, from the newly built T-Mobile Arena in beautiful Las Vegas beginning at 9pm EST; available on HBO pay-per-view (PPV).
When this fight was signed, many within the boxing community cried out for good reason that this fight was a enormous miss-match made at another catch-weight, rather than the proper middleweight limit of 160 lbs. Anger justified further by the chosen opponent, as well as Khan having missed out on a huge pay-day fights against Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao for years. Rare is it to see a fighter that willingly negotiates and justifies his reasoning for the stipulation of a catch-weight title fight. However that is unfortunately the reality when it comes to championship boxing currently and WBC middleweight champion Saul Alvarez. Amir Khan decided to forgo further contract negotiations regarding weight to secure his PPV pay-day fight with Alvarez as Golden Boy promotion is confident with the two fighters putting up good financial numbers with the draw of fans around the world. As the months of build-up began some skeptics have been swayed into thinking this is a quality match-up, but the betting public remains confident in Alvarez, as he remains a huge favorite at -580. (which means you must wager $580 to win $100).
Style Breakdown: The champion, Saul Alvarez, will undoubtedly have a huge re-hydration weight advantage by at-least 10 lbs (further questioning why not fight at the true middleweight limit of 160 lbs?) and possess a massive power advantage over Khan, who will be making his first fight over his true welterweight status of 147 lbs. With Alvarez’s flat-footed, come-forward, Mexican-style of fighting, look for Khan to counter throughout the fight and stay out of the pocket. If Khan looks to take this fight the distance, he must stay away from the power of Alvarez and counter off his jab, forcing Alvarez to rely on his footwork and re-position himself back in the pocket. Speed vs power is always an intriguing comparison within the sport of boxing and Saturday will surely feature those two aspects. With the power and size of Alvarez he’ll need accuracy, as he will be able to walk trough the power punches of Khan easily. For Amir Khan he must find a way to prolong this fight to the later rounds and decisively win rounds with work to the body, impeccable footwork, and continuous head movement.
Prediction: Alvarez wins this fight by late-round stoppage. The weight disparity will be too large and Canelo has seen speed from the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr and Miguel Cotto prior to Khan.