Amir Khan has finally found a big name fighter to face in his career while Saul Canelo Alvarez is not treating his next bout as a tune-up fight.
Khan from the United Kingdom and Canelo from Mexico are set to fight each other after both fighters confirmed via Twitter on Wednesday the Canelo vs. Khan bout set for May 7, 2016.
— Canelo Alvarez (@Canelo) February 2, 2016
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) February 2, 2016
Former boxer Oscar De La Hoya, the chief of Golden Boy Promotions, which handles Canelo’s bouts, also confirmed the news on Twitter.
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) February 2, 2016
The decision by Canelo to pick Khan comes as a surprise the Mexican was assumed to pick a “tune-up” quality fighter before he possibly faces Gennady Golovkin later in 2016. However, a bout with the popular and dangerous Khan is not considered a “warm-up” bout and they will battle for the World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight title.
The Canelo vs. Khan fight is seen as the biggest bout in 2016 and the biggest since Floyd Mayweather met Manny Pacquiao in May last year.
Mayweather defeated Pacquiao in the “Fight of the Century” but both disappointed most of the boxing fans as Mayweather chose to be conservative in that fight and Pacquiao was not at his best because of a shoulder injury.
Mayweather and Pacquiao broke pay-per-view sales and numbers plus gate attendance and sales records in 2015.
A year later, Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan will try to perform better than Mayweather and Pacquiao on the ring and outside of the ring by breaking PPV and gate attendance records.
Watch the official promo video from Golden Boy Promotions for the Canelo vs. Khan fight later this year:
Video courtesy: YouTube/Golden Boy Boxing
Photo courtesy: Twitter/amirkingkhan