WHATEVER happens in the ring on Saturday night, no one can deny that Amir Khan is having the time of his life right now. At today’s weigh-in, which took place in the chilly and wet Las Vegas air, Khan was buzzing with confidence, and lapping up every moment of the biggest fight of his life.
Like the WBC middleweight champion, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Khan weighed in at the catch-weight limit of 155lbs and smiled smiled widely on the scales – his physique markedly chunkier and less chiselled than his rival – as he came in eight pounds heavier than he ever has. He quickly, and wisely, given the conditions, put his tracksuit back on and threw Team Khan merchandise into the crowd.
“It feels amazing,” said Khan, who turned professional in the lightweight division 11 years ago. “It’s a big challenge for me. I’ve had Andre Berto and Andre Ward helping me in the gym, pushing me on. I’m 100 per cent confident I can win this fight. Every fight is a tough fight, but being the underdog makes me want to prove myself at the very top level.”