Former two-time world champion Amir Khan’s upcoming Cinco de Mayo weekend fight against WBC, Ring Magazine, and Lineal Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez is getting a lot of buzz after its official announcement earlier this month.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) believes that his match versus Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) seems to be getting more attention than the previous “Fight of the Century” between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
“I believe this fight between Canelo and I is getting more attention than a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. The hype for this fight has just been unexpected. No one knew of this fight taking place or of any negotiations taking place… It’s nice to catch fans by surprise with a fight of this magnitude,” Khan stated.
“My fight with Canelo Alvarez will be the biggest fight of the year, including the biggest upset of the year,” the boxer added.
What may have added to the swirling talks that surround the fight is the catchweight of 155 pounds for the WBC middleweight title currently in the hands of Canelo. The agreed upon weight is eight pounds more than what Khan is used to when fighting, while Canelo is said to possibly enter the ring weighing 170 pounds.
Reports claim that disparity makes Khan the favorite to win among fans and even some of the other fighters. WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) thinks that Khan may have the advantage as Canelo reportedly has slow hands and feet.
Meanwhile, undefeated fighter Mayweather, Jr., voiced out his opinion about the upcoming showdown and says otherwise. “I think that Amir Khan should have fought Kell Brook. The reason why Amir Khan took the fight with Canelo is because he thinks that he’s going to be able to do the same thing that I did. It’s totally different. Canelo is young, strong and very, very big… I know how to make adjustments and adapt to any style,” he explained.
The Khan-Alvarez match will exclusively promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View. It will take place on May 7 while the venue, ticket availability, and press tour are yet to be announced.