Canelo Alvarez will defend his World Boxing Council middleweight boxing title Saturday against Amir Khan at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Follow all the updates leading up to Saturday’s round-by-round coverage below. On Friday, check back for live coverage of the pre-fight weigh-in.
‘It’s going to be tough,’ Amir Khan says of ‘Canelo’ Alvarez matchup
Is it the chin or the heart that defines a fighter?
Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) accepted a big jump in weight to fight middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez — and he may answer that question in their HBO pay-per-view bout Saturday at T-Mobile Arena.
England’s Khan has been knocked out twice and sent to the canvas on four other occasions during a career that has included a 140-pound junior-welterweight world title and his current standing as the World Boxing Council’s No. 1 welterweight contender.
Gennady Golovkin not ready? Boxers take exception to Canelo Alvarez’s comment
David Lemieux and Curtis Stevens have both felt the wrath of Gennady Golovkin’s power punches.
Stevens (27-5, 20 knockouts) didn’t last through the ninth round after getting knocked down by Golovkin in the second round of their November 2013 bout.
Lemieux lost his International Boxing Federation middleweight belt in October at Madison Square Garden when Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) dropped him in the fifth round and finished him by technical knockout in the eighth.
Fighting the type of opponents [Golovkin] fought a couple weeks ago, come on, that’s not going to bring this fight.
‘Canelo’ Alvarez already looking ahead to GGG?
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez won admiration three years ago when he lobbied for a bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. that marked Alvarez’s only defeat but won him riches.
Now 25, Mexico’s most popular fighter nears his first middleweight title defense Saturday at the new T-Mobile Arena against 5-1 underdog Amir Khan of England.
Should he defeat Khan, the World Boxing Council champion Alvarez will have until May 22 to begin negotiations to fight unbeaten, two-belt middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, or WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said he’ll strip the belt and give it to Golovkin.
Undercard matchup pits different styles
Urgency is a fighter’s fuel.
For Southland boxers Frankie Gomez and Mauricio Herrera, the intense pressure on each to win their Saturday welterweight bout on the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez-Amir Khan HBO pay-per-view undercard is expected to create a compelling battle.
Gomez, 24, is the unbeaten prospect from East Los Angeles who is mentored by his promoter, Golden Boy Promotions’ Oscar De La Hoya , and has yet to realize his potential.
Herrera, 35, is the willing veteran facing perhaps a final chance to remain in title contention.
George Foreman makes a case for Khan beating Canelo
Amir Khan isn’t relying on just his punching and foot speed to avoid getting struck by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s best power punches Saturday night in their pay-per-view fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Khan is also leaning on history.
The British boxer and former junior-welterweight champion accepted a difficult jump to a 155-pound catch-weight limit to fight for Alvarez’s World Boxing Council middleweight belt on HBO.
Yet, in past matchups of overwhelming power versus speed — Alvarez (46-1-1) has 32 career knockouts — Khan can take some comfort in finding a possible path to victory.
Perhaps no one understands that better than a man victimized by the disparity, former heavyweight champion George Foreman.