AMIR KHAN and Canelo Alvarez arrived at the MGM Grand lobby today, ahead of Saturday’s showdown at the brand new T-Mobile Arena, situated across the Las Vegas strip from the famous fight hotel.
Both fighters received a warm welcome from the crowd, but those in attendance appeared predominantly Mexican as Alvarez’s arrival generated a roaring reception.
But Khan remains in a confident mood.
“All the hard work and training has been done,” said the Englishman. “I have a great team, and I am conditioned and ready to fight and represent my country of England. Mentally, I have prepared by praying, being with my beautiful family, and the support from my fans. Even though Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday, we are going to see a lot of British flags come Saturday night.
“This is a huge fight, as Canelo is a star in Mexico and America. I know I’m here as the underdog, but I’m ready to win and take this WBC belt back to my home in England. I wouldn’t have taken this fight if I didn’t think I could take it. I have trained for everything and worked on my speed and my power.
“A win against Canelo would be one of the biggest wins of my career because he is a superstar, especially on this Cinco de Mayo weekend in front of everyone. I have trained and worked on my speed and my power. The fans will be very happy on Saturday night. I will be the new world champion. I think it will be difficult to knock Canelo out, but I know I can give him a boxing lesson.”
The WBC middleweight champion dismissed Khan’s chances while thanking his supporters.
“There is a difference between wanting and doing,” said Canelo. “On Saturday night, we will see who will give who a boxing lesson. I want to thank all of my fans for the support. I am very honored to be celebrating on Cinco de Mayo, and I hope to put on a great show on Saturday night. I’m training hard for twelve rounds, I’m ready to go all of those rounds, and if the knockout presents itself—I’m ready to take it.”