The boxing world is poised for what many are saying is the first super fight of 2016, as the WBC & lineal middleweight champion, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46 -1, 32 KO’s) is matched with former junior welterweight champion Amir “King” Khan (31 – 3, 19 KO’s) in the inaugural boxing match at the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas May 7th.
Khan, of Bolton, U.K, is coming into this matchup a substantial betting underdog, as he has already been stopped twice in his career and is moving up in weight, predictors that might forecast a grim outcome.
Khan supporters argue superior hand speed and agility will lead him to glory. Confidence is also an asset Khan possess, as his decision to take the fight shocked pretty much all of the boxing community.
As we seek out fight predictions leading up to the bout, just about everyone has their opinion on who will emerge victoriously. Included is one interesting observer, head of UK-based Matchroom Boxing, Eddie Hearn. In an interview published on ThaBoxingVoice Youtube page, Hearn gave us his insight.
“I hope he [Khan] wins the fight, I think he can cause Canelo problems, I just think when they choose to engage he’s going to get knocked out by the bigger man”.
When precisely can we except a Canelo victory according to Hearn?
“I think Canelo will stop him within 8 rounds”
Well, it appears Mr.Hearn does not buy into the argument speed kills. Now we must take Hearn’s comments with a grain of salt as he does have a personal history with Khan. Coming out of the Olympics, Khan chose to fight under Hearn’s rival promoter Frank Warren banner. Recently, Khan has apparently priced himself out of a fight with one of Hearn’s stalwarts, Kell Brook, in a fight that would be massive in the U.K.
Whoever you might be favoring to win, remember this. Moving up in weight to win lineal championships is a historically arduous task. Making the feat even tougher is Khan is naturally a full weight class (and a half) below Canelo. Factor in Khan’s questionable chin and Hearn’s assessment might be spot on. Either way, “Khanelo” is certainly a “big event” type fight with numerous storylines, and I can’t wait to see what transpires.