Feature | Feb 03 2016

Amir Khan vs Canelo Alvarez – the web reacts

Instant reaction to Amir Khan vs Canelo Alvarez
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IT started with a simple tweet. “Delighted to announce I will be fighting Canelo May 7th Cinco De Mayo, Las Vegas for the 155lbs WBC title,” Amir Khan wrote yesterday afternoon. (That’s the WBC middleweight title, they don’t as yet have a 155lbs crown.) It seemed hard to believe but sure enough Saul Alvarez confirmed it, tweeting: “Canelo vs Khan on May 7th, 2016.”

Gennady Golovkin, waiting in the wings for Alvarez, gave his take: “Canelo vs Amir Khan should be a battle. 2016 will be a great year for boxing! #CanelovsKhan #WhoIsNext #AllTheBelts.”

For many it was a shock. IBF super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton tweeted: “Canelo vs Khan!!! Never seen that one coming. Wowzers.”