Matthew Hatton, the younger brother of popular former boxer Ricky Hatton, has some warning for compatriot Amir Khan when he faces Saul “Canelo” Alvarez later this year. Also an active boxer, Hatton said that the weight difference will be a big factor during their bout in May.
“He can cause Alvarez a lot of problems but my gut instinct is that Canelo is far too strong and powerful, even with the catchweight. I just can’t see past that because Canelo will be too big and too powerful for Amir. When I fought Canelo I was also going up in weight and giving away natural size and Amir is going to have to do that as well,” Hatton said via Boxing Scene.
Hatton knows what he is talking about after facing Canelo in 2011 when the Mexican beat him via a convincing 12-round unanimous decision with judges’ scores of 119-108, 119-108 and 119-108. Canelo won the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight title at that time.
Amir Khan, who has a record of 31 wins against 3 losses with 19 knockout victories, is campaigning in the welterweight division, or 147 pounds limit.
Meanwhile, Canelo, who has 46 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw and 32 knockout wins, is campaigning in the middleweight division, or the 160 pounds limit. Canelo is currently the WBC middleweight champion of the world.
“Alvarez is unbelievably physically strong. I wasn’t on the level that Amir is on because he has the skills and speed and has been a world champion, but what I had was that I was durable and that was certainly the hardest I’ve ever been hit and it was a painful night for me,” Hatton added.
“I remember at the weigh-in with Canelo thinking I’m about the same size as him. But then when he turned up for the fight he was like Popeye who had just eaten his spinach, muscles bulging and a lot bigger. He was like a different man,”
Despite the weight difference, Khan is confident that his skills and size will give Canelo trouble.
Canelo vs Khan is set May 7, 2016 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States.
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