Boxing 2016: Amir Khan confirms fight with Canelo Alvarez

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NEW YORK, NY – MAY 29: Amir Khan looks on before his welterweight fight against Chris Algieri at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on May 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Amir Khan has confirmed that he will fight Mexican Canelo Alvarez in a Las Vegas showdown. The fight for the WBC middleweight title will be held on May 7 in Las Vegas.

The 29 year old Amir Khan announced the news via Twitter. He wrote: “Delighted to announce i will be fighting @Canelo May 7th Cinco De Mayo, Las Vegas for the 155lbs @WBCBoxing title!”

Khan will move to 155lbs to fight Alvarez. Alvarez has won 32 of his 48 bouts by knockout and has only been beaten once in his career by Floyd Mayweather on a majority decision in September 2013.

The fight is definitely going to be a tear-breaking moment.

Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions is promoting the fight. It will also be Alvarez’s first title defence. Alvarez won the middleweight title in November by defeating Miguel Cotto.

“As the middleweight champion of the world, I will take on the best fighters in the sport and on Cinco De Mayo weekend, I look forward to making the first defence of my titles,” Alvarez said, reports The Guardian.

“Amir was a decorated amateur, a two-time world champion and is in the prime of his career. Fans are in for a great fight on May 7,” he added.

According to The Guardian report, Khan is believed to have said that fighting the best fighters is his goal.

“I know Canelo fights the best and wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to face me like others have. My goal is to always fight the biggest names and the best fighters that is why I’m excited for this fight,” Khan said.

“Also, I would like to thank my team and Golden Boy Promotions for this opportunity. I know I have the speed and ability to beat him and will give my fans what they deserve on May 7.”

Amir’s father is quite delighted about the upcoming fight and said that it is going to be a “great fight”.

“We are delighted to be able to make this massive fight,” Khan’s father Shah said. “I would like to thank everyone involved who made this happen including Golden Boy Promotions, Al Haymon and all of Team Khan. It’s going to be a great fight on May 7.”

Photo Courtesy: Sky Sports



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