Top Rank Promotions head honcho Bob Arum is foreseeing an easy victory for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez against Amir Khan.
The said fight will be taking place on May 7th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, where Alvarez will be defending his WBC middleweight title at a 155-pound catchweight.
The winner of the bout will be facing WBC interim champion Gennady Golovkin, the organization’s mandatory challenger. But before doing so, “GGG” himself would also need to emerge victorious against his own upcoming task, a fight against fellow undefeated boxer Dominic Wade on April 23rd in California.
Alvarez’s size difference is the main factor that pundits have been looking at, as far as advantages in the fight go. Arum apparently is in agreement with everyone else’s statements.
“If you’re being realistic, Khan doesn’t have much of a chance with Alvarez,” Arum said in a report by Boxingscene. “If he gets knocked out, which I think might happen, there would be no way he would be a future opponent on a pay-per-view fight against Manny Pacquiao or any other elite fighter.”
Khan himself had been lobbying for bigger fights in his career since his five-fight undefeated streak so far. “King Khan” had been clamoring for fights against both Floyd Mayweather Jr. and former sparring partner Manny Pacquiao, none of which have materialized.
But as far as opponents go, Arum believes Khan would have made a better decision and would have made a lot more money by picking current IBF welterweight champion, the undefeated Kell Brook.
“It would have been a sensational fight and it would have done marvelously on pay-per-view,” Arum said. “I would give Khan a pretty good chance against Kell Brook. But not against Canelo.”
Khan currently holds a professional win-loss record of 31-3, with 19 victories by knockout. He last saw action against former WBO light welterweight champion Chris Algieri in May, where he won by unanimous decision.