Amir Khan knows he’s the underdog in his fight against Canelo Alvarez this Saturday, May 7. However, the British boxer knows he has advantages against the Mexican saying that he has the better boxing or “ring IQ” and footwork than his rival.
“Canelo’s a big guy. We understand that. And he’s gonna be strong going into this fight. I might not be as strong as him walking into this fight, but I am going to be stronger. I know I’m going to be faster, I’m going to have the better skill, my ring IQ is better, and I have better footwork,” Khan said via Bad Left Hook.
“It’s all about being in the right position, throwing the right shot at the right time. I’ve seen it happen in history, where you have the smaller guy go into a ring, who’s the underdog, who’s gone in there and beaten the heavier guy. I know it’s happened before, and I know it can happen again.”
Khan also shared about his training and described that it went well and that his camp has tried new stuff in preparation for the bout against Canelo. Khan also admitted that he watched a lot of Canelo’s past fights to help him crack the Mexican in the bout which has the World Boxing Council (WBC) world middleweight belt on the line.
Khan is coming of five straight wins after losing back-to-back bouts in late 2011 and early 2012, to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, respectively. He has defeated Carlos Molina, Julio Diaz, Luis Collazo, Devon Alexander and Chris Algieri the last five to improve to a win-loss record of 31-3 with 19 knockouts.
Meanwhile, Alvarez has a more impressive resume with a boxing record of 46-1-1 with 32 knockouts. His lone loss in his career came against a competitive bout against Floyd Mayweather in 2013 and the draw came in the very early part of his boxing career.
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