Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez will be taking on challenger Amir Khan to fight for the WBC world middleweight title in May in Las Vegas, according to a latest announcement. This rules out the expected bout between Khan and Kell Brook at Wembley that British boxing fans were looking forward to this June.
Amir Khan will be jumping two weight category divisions to take part in the fight, because it rests on the condition of a catchweight of 155 lbs, eight more than he weighed in his last contest. In May last year, Khan won on points against Chris Algieri. His career has been on hold since, though there were speculations about many face-offs, but negotiations broke down midway as agreements, mainly financial, could not be reached.
Saul Alvarez, the 25-year-old Mexican, beat Miguel Cotto by a unanimous points decision to win the title in November last year. Out of 48 fights, Alvarez has a great track record of 46 wins, losing only once to Floyd Mayweather.
Pakistani-origin Amir Khan has a big fan following in Pakistan, where he has been been trying to popularize boxing by setting up a training academy and tournaments for the sport. Khan has won 31 and lost 3 of his 34 bouts so far. He says he’s ready and very excited about the upcoming fight with Alvarez, saying he has both the speed and ability to beat him.
He’s also going to have the support of boxing enthusiasts back home, who will be rooting for him come May.