Opinion | Mar 26 2016

Canelo Alvarez-Amir Khan: Why Khan can win

Mickey Vann outlines what Amir Khan must do to beat Canelo Alvarez and explains why he can
Canelo Alvarez-Amir Khan
Canelo-Alvarez-v-Amir-Khan  |  Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

LIKE many people, when the Canelo Alvarez-Amir Khan fight was announced, I thought it was a step too far for the Englishman. But once it had all sunk in I wondered if Khan might know something the rest of us don’t.

The Mexican has been fighting comfortably at 154lbs for a long time, and his step up to middleweight has only effectively been by one pound due to the catchweight. Khan has been at 147lbs for a while now, which is only half-a-stone difference, and unlike the smaller guys, that should not be the problem many people are claiming it will be.

However, I do believe there should have been a hydration clause, and a check weight on the day of the fight as the IBF insist upon (Canelo-Khan is sanctioned by the WBC). I’d even suggest the check weight should be 8lbs rather than the 10 that the IBF stipulate. Even so, Khan still has a decent chance to win.


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