Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Amir Khan Set for May 7th

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Amir Khan – The new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Nevada will host a catchweight showdown at 155 lbs between Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and England’s Amir Khan.  The fight will air on HBO PPV in the United States.

The signing answers one of boxing’s biggest questions, and that is “who will ‘Canelo’ be fighting on Cinco de Mayo weekend?”  The truth is that the negotiations were a well-kept secret, as the bout was not one that had made the boxing rumor mill to date.

The match signals the return of Khan to the fold with Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions, where he was promoted up until his last fight against Chris Algieri.

Khan (31-3) has been vocal about hunting down big fights, and this fight will be a major payday.  Khan will also be fighting for the first time at 155 lbs, as he has operated his entire career at welterweight or less.  Khan is eschewing a potentially big-money fight with British rival Kell Brook (35-0) who holds the IBF World welterweight title.  Instead, Khan will fight in a weight class he has never fought in before.  That he gets a shot at the WBC middleweight title at 155 lbs when he has never fought in the weight class, well that is more of a statement on the current state of boxing and the alphabet soups that supposedly govern the sport.

For ‘Canelo’ the announcement should be seen as a major disappointment.  As Middleweight champion at 160 lbs, the weight has been the major issue in formalizing a ‘Canelo’ versus Gennady Golovkin match.  The common thinking was that the Golovkin showdown would come after one more fight that would see ‘Canelo’ further adjust his body to the middleweight division.  Now by taking a fight against a smaller man at a catchweight, the Golovkin superfight seems further away than ever for Alvarez.  The reason the Alvarez vs Khan match caught the boxing world by surprise is that the two fighters are in different weight classes and the fight in itself is not really appealing.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Amir Khan is on for May 7th.  Let the “hype” train begin.

The parties took to Twitter to confirm:

And below is the 40 second or so “hype” video from GBP.

Check out The Boxing Channel video “TBC Looks At Saul Alvarez vs Amir Khan”.

COMMENTS

-Yogo :

Didn't see that coming. I had a feeling Khan was losing his mind. He'll lose a whole lot more of it May 7.


-deepwater2 :

Didn't see that coming. I had a feeling Khan was losing his mind. He'll lose a whole lot more of it May 7.
Me too. Wow. Boxing is full of surprises. This should be a great 4 round fight.


-Yogo :

Khan figures getting brutally KTFO a better option than a 50/50 v Kel. The guys bats**t crazy.


-miguel1 :

He keeps counting on and talking about his speed, Khan does. He wont be so fast at 155, lol.


-amayseng :

Can't wait to watch this one round fight. Khan got ktfo at 140, now he is gonna be fighting a 175 lb hard hitting Canelo. This is to prepare Canelo for GGG? gtfoh Canelo has NO intention to fight GGG ever. What a shame


-redox :

wow. This news is way leftfield. I'm actually excited about this fight, but why is the belt on the line? In the unlikely event that Khan wins, what happens next? He vacates? Surely this undermines the value of the belt and the middleweight division.


-brownsugar :

Another circus spectacle, operating on the peripheral edges of the valid side of the sport. Canelo cutting corners yet again while pretending boxers his own size don't exist. I wonder how they are going to label this farce. Yes it's good for business, it won't negatively effect boxing too much. ....and its a little better than Canelo vs Jositito Lopez. Unless the undercard is special, I will pass on this fight. When it comes to PPV, this is where I draw the line in the sand.


-miguel1 :

I think this fight doesn't get to 700,000 PPV buys.


-brownsugar :

Not surprised that Oscar DLH is the author of this confusion. Ever since he nearly died of malnutrition in his bizarre fight against Pac, he's been pushing these weight class defying fights onto his own fighters.


-Chris L :

Lol at this fight


-SouthPawFlo :

Definitely came outta left field especially seeing how Khan was still barking for a Mayweather fight two weeks ago at the Garcia Vs Ghost fight... Popular consensus is that Khan gets stopped but we seen with Mayweather and with Lara Canelo doesn't do well with movement, I'm not Khan will win, but hopefully he fights smart enuff not to get himself in trouble early and hopefully he gets lucky and Canelo fades down the stretch (which we have seen him do before) Why is Khan, with little to no Power at 147 moving up to 155 is the bigger question for me, there are plenty of fights he coulda taken at 147...


-Radam G :

I don't know why anybody and dey apple eyes are shocked about this scrap. I told y'all that we are dealing with the "theatre of the unexpected." Anything can pop off on da ,QUICK, QUICK, as Cali hang-around-the-gym Samson says. I wouldn't be surprised to see Andre "SOG" Ward to next challenged "Prince" Charles Edward for the IBF paper title. Nothing about the game shocks me. Holla!


-amayseng :

Another circus spectacle, operating on the peripheral edges of the valid side of the sport. Canelo cutting corners yet again while pretending boxers his own size don't exist. I wonder how they are going to label this farce. Yes it's good for business, it won't negatively effect boxing too much. ....and its a little better than Canelo vs Jositito Lopez. Unless the undercard is special, I will pass on this fight. When it comes to PPV, this is where I draw the line in the sand.
Well said my friend


-Radam G :

Call this scrap what you want to label it. But it is going to sell like 333,666 hookers at a religious convention. And a million cupcakes at a bad food convention for obese food-oholics. No hate! GBP and tsAH are going to sell this fraudulent fight as a holy war. And that red-headed baby-faced Catholic crusader Canelo is going to beat the heck outta the Redcoat British delusional uber-Muslim diva relative of Talibans "King" Khan into a coma. No hate! Hehe! Boxing fanatics are going to buy this sucka match. And they are to buy big. We are all like the kid brother "Mikey" in that long-ago television commercial. And Mikey will eat any syet. Holla.


-dino da vinci :

#Khanelo... A really, really bad idea... ...or is it? You have to go all the way back to Jack "Don't Look Now, But I've Got a Gun!" Ruby vs. Lee Harvey "The 6'3.5" Invisible (Un)Lucky Rabbit" Oswald to get a mismatch of this calibre that plays out on live national tv. When fights are announced, I make a betting line in my mind and then immediately ask myself can the (under)dog win? And I love when the answer is yes. Not sensing that here. But you have to love the moxie of Khan! My first thought was he must be thinking "I'm not too crazy about fighting Brook, so if I'm going to be going down that road anyway..." I pray for all that is sacred that Khan has a career night, and one would imagine that if he does he could certainly win. Well, needing a career night is not a great investment strategy here in Vegas. But God, I do love the courage on this kid. If only he had better whiskers. @brown. Might not be good for business @miguel1. It will do well over 700,000 buys. You know when, upon hearing of some heinous crime, people say they should take the guy and kill him slowly on national tv...Voila! And all for 49.95 in HD.


-stormcentre :

Khan - in my opinion - (aside from being a little foolish and not always engaging his mind before his cake hole) wanted to do something about (whom he fights next) that made it look like Hatton, Mayweather, and all the other Monday-experts - that were telling him what to do and who to fight - were clueless/wrong; in addition to ensuring he makes a lot of money and also looks like he's on Floyd's level (in all senses) and can call the shots on his career . . . . . all whilst (now apparently) providing a good excuse for not fighting those like Brook whom he is actually starting to run out of excuses for not facing. Aside from the fact that he obviously wants nothing of Brook (in what is pretty much an exact British remake, almost a decade later, of how Hatton himself didn't wan't nothing of Junior Witter; for a while there); fighting Cotto would have made more sense - especially from a risk management perspective. Hope it works for him. But (bottom line), superior speed or not, it's hard to see Khan handling Alvarez' shots and or deterring him with his own. A lot of people that aren't into Khan's style (do those 2 words constitute an oxymoron?) will love this just as much as both; A) Canelo and Oscar will. B) 3G may not appreciate just how much of a portentous sign tis. :) :) :)


-amayseng :

I am a Roman Catholic of Italian descent, and I ain't buying shiiiiiiiiiiit. PPV for the mw champion to fight again at 155 with the mw title on the line while GGG is passed over yet again, no thanks.


-Brad :

I am a Roman Catholic of Italian descent, and I ain't buying shiiiiiiiiiiit. PPV for the mw champion to fight again at 155 with the mw title on the line while GGG is passed over yet again, no thanks.
Well allow me a half-hearted defense of Canelo...he did "just" win the WBC title from Cotto. When Sugar Ray Leonard beat Duran in November of 1980, you know who his next opponent was? Not the guy the entire boxing world wanted to see, WBA champ Tommy Hearns. Instead he fought a guy named Larry Bonds, who was a garbage man!!!! Compared to Bonds, Amir Khan is Stanley Ketchel. Then Leonard fought Ayub Kalule......then we got our superfight with Hearns.


-Radam G :

Well allow me a half-hearted defense of Canelo...he did "just" win the WBC title from Cotto. When Sugar Ray Leonard beat Duran in November of 1980, you know who his next opponent was? Not the guy the entire boxing world wanted to see, WBA champ Tommy Hearns. Instead he fought a guy named Larry Bonds, who was a garbage man!!!! Compared to Bonds, Amir Khan is Stanley Ketchel. Then Leonard fought Ayub Kalule......then we got our superfight with Hearns.
Hehehe! That dang truth is often funny as heck. And I wonder if the diva Khan is going to get a couple of his teeth knocked out like Ketchel did against Johnson. Just joking. Haha!


-stormcentre :

I can't believe someone has successfully likened Amir Khan to Stanley Ketchel and made it stick!!!!! Love it. Wouldn't be possible without Canelo V Khan . . . . and the financially/strategically motivated thinking of the stocking-less Golden Girl though. God I love this sport. You never know what's going to happen next - even when you do; allowing you to be both - simultaneously - un/surprised. :) :)


-The Good Doctor :

Am I crazy for thinking Khan can make it competitive?


-Radam G :

Am I crazy for thinking Khan can make it competitive?
Please explain how Khan might be able to make it competitive? Holla!


-deepwater2 :

$8,000,000 purse to Khan for this matchup. How long will Khan last? Will Canelo go right at Khan, or will he stay on the back foot patiently walking him down? Can Khan win a few rounds and last to the final bell?


-The Good Doctor :

Please explain how Khan might be able to make it competitive? Holla!
If Khan does the following things: -Not square up as much. He did this against Algieri and Alexander well. In the Collazo and Molina fights he didn't and luckily it didn't cost him. Khan often squares up when he wants to trade but has been quick enough to get out before he can take a shot. Canelo performs well against fighters who are going to be there whereas guys that have some movement can steal rounds from him. Mayweather aside because it's not a fair comparison, Trout stole some rounds, Cotto stole some rounds, Lara did and in some eyes won their fight. Khan moves better than all of them. -Tie him up. I know it's basic but so many fighters don't do it. You can't be hit if you don't allow the other guy to throw. This protects his iffy chin and also neutralizes Canelo's best asset, his power. He did this well against Collazo. Watch some B-Hop tape, as he is the master at it. -Live on the jab. This will help him take advantage of his slight advantages in height and length In addition, I do believe that Canelo has power but I am beginning to wonder if it is this thunderous thudding power that people make it out to be. Anyone with half a chin (a retooled but war torn Cotto, Trout, Money, Lara, old Shane) has been able to at least go the route with him and only a knockdown of Trout was in there. I think he hits hard but I have seen him have trouble following up on those hard punches as well. All that said, If I was a betting man I am taking Canelo but I am not sure it's the blowout everyone thinks it is.


-Radam G :

If Khan does the following things: -Not square up as much. He did this against Algieri and Alexander well. In the Collazo and Molina fights he didn't and luckily it didn't cost him. Khan often squares up when he wants to trade but has been quick enough to get out before he can take a shot. Canelo performs well against fighters who are going to be there whereas guys that have some movement can steal rounds from him. Mayweather aside because it's not a fair comparison, Trout stole some rounds, Cotto stole some rounds, Lara did and in some eyes won their fight. Khan moves better than all of them. -Tie him up. I know it's basic but so many fighters don't do it. You can't be hit if you don't allow the other guy to throw. This protects his iffy chin and also neutralizes Canelo's best asset, his power. He did this well against Collazo. Watch some B-Hop tape, as he is the master at it. -Live on the jab. This will help him take advantage of his slight advantages in height and length In addition, I do believe that Canelo has power but I am beginning to wonder if it is this thunderous thudding power that people make it out to be. Anyone with half a chin (a retooled but war torn Cotto, Trout, Money, Lara, old Shane) has been able to at least go the route with him and only a knockdown of Trout was in there. I think he hits hard but I have seen him have trouble following up on those hard punches as well. All that said, If I was a betting man I am taking Canelo but I am not sure it's the blowout everyone thinks it is.
Sorry! But it will likely be a super blowout. Canelo is not the type of pug that one can depend on beating with a jab. Long jabs at him have been answered with serous counter rights shots to the rib and over the top to the cranium. Dude is a master of countering jabs. Khan has stiff upward body movement because of his cultural Urdu upbringing to be manly stiff above the waist because of wacko religious customs, traditions and beliefs. I syet you not. Top of da game boksing is "know before you throw." So, trust me. Team Canelo knows all of Khan's customs, culture and beliefs. And Team Canelo will develop a kuko plan for a religious-and-cultural kuko. And tear his arse up. Holla!


-Skibbz :

I think this fight was first put forward by Khan who wanted to stick two fingers up at Kell and then agreed on by all parties who rushed to get signatures on the dotted line for different reasons. For Canelo he should go in the favourite (as D2 said -300 on fav) and if all goes to plan then a nice name for the history books under his belt and a good earner without too much damage taken before GGG which I still believe happens, although now maybe in 2017. For Khan - other than sticks up the two fingers - he get's a lovely pay cheque, the big name fight he's been after for so long and a position where should he get beat, he can still chase the Garcia's, Kell's, and maybe even the 154's like BJS. That's where this get's interesting from a British point of view, if Khan does well against expectations then maybe that sets up a bout against BJS - money talks - who has been offered less money than he's inclined to rise for anyone to fight the #2 p4p GGG. BJS has also been chasing Canelo so that fight is certainly on the cards potentially for Sept 2016 in my view, Canelo's stock would get some followers this side of the pond by fighting BJS and AK no doubt. Who are the losers with these turn of events? Kell Brook and Gennady Golovkin. Kell receives slander until the end of summer for fighting mandatory's and sub-par opponents in PPV's whilst Khan is out tackling the biggest fishes in the pond. Golovkin - who will be turning 34 in a few weeks - will still have fought less A/B fighters than you can count on one hand and still searching - reaching - for that money fight. It seems that he has resigned himself to taking the mandatory route which goes to show that whilst he is certainly a draw for the hardcore fan, he isn't really enough to galvanise the casuals to pull out wallets and throw money at the PPV's. Who'd have thought we'd be here in February?


-Skibbz :

$8,000,000 purse to Khan for this matchup. How long will Khan last? Will Canelo go right at Khan, or will he stay on the back foot patiently walking him down? Can Khan win a few rounds and last to the final bell?
I think he will want to see who is faster Khan or Floyd, and that's going to be interesting to find out. I see him trying to time a right hand and following everything up with more than 2 or 3 punches, that's how you catch Khan in my opinion. [QUOTE=The Good Doctor;93338]Am I crazy for thinking Khan can make it competitive?[/QUOTE] I believe he can - question is what does he do first time he catches a right hand counter from Canelo? To run or not to run? Grappling with Canelo is out of the question at this weight class or any for that matter.


-The Good Doctor :

I think this fight was first put forward by Khan who wanted to stick two fingers up at Kell and then agreed on by all parties who rushed to get signatures on the dotted line for different reasons. For Canelo he should go in the favourite (as D2 said -300 on fav) and if all goes to plan then a nice name for the history books under his belt and a good earner without too much damage taken before GGG which I still believe happens, although now maybe in 2017. For Khan - other than sticks up the two fingers - he get's a lovely pay cheque, the big name fight he's been after for so long and a position where should he get beat, he can still chase the Garcia's, Kell's, and maybe even the 154's like BJS. That's where this get's interesting from a British point of view, if Khan does well against expectations then maybe that sets up a bout against BJS - money talks - who has been offered less money than he's inclined to rise for anyone to fight the #2 p4p GGG. BJS has also been chasing Canelo so that fight is certainly on the cards potentially for Sept 2016 in my view, Canelo's stock would get some followers this side of the pond by fighting BJS and AK no doubt. W
ho are the losers with these turn of events? Kell Brook and Gennady Golovkin. Kell receives slander until the end of summer for fighting mandatory's and sub-par opponents in PPV's whilst Khan is out tackling the biggest fishes in the pond. Golovkin - who will be turning 34 in a few weeks - will still have fought less A/B fighters than you can count on one hand and still searching - reaching - for that money fight. It seems that he has resigned himself to taking the mandatory route which goes to show that whilst he is certainly a draw for the hardcore fan, he isn't really enough to galvanise the casuals to pull out wallets and throw money at the PPV's. Who'd have thought we'd be here in February?
I agree with you on Kell Brook, his checkbook may have taken a temporary hit but even if Khan gets smoked I think Brits will turn out for a fight over there, that Sky Sports will probably carry and he can still make some money. GGG, he is taking a hit but I kind of think it is a little of his own fault in this one. For the longest, the narrative that GGG and his team have carried out is we can fight and beat anyone from 154 to 168. When Canelo said 155 he and his team balked. Don't blame him but he did walk away. In addition, he has now lined up another no name cadaver in Dominic Wade which adds to the rumblings that are starting to come about of when is he going to fight someone.


-amayseng :

Well allow me a half-hearted defense of Canelo...he did "just" win the WBC title from Cotto. When Sugar Ray Leonard beat Duran in November of 1980, you know who his next opponent was? Not the guy the entire boxing world wanted to see, WBA champ Tommy Hearns. Instead he fought a guy named Larry Bonds, who was a garbage man!!!! Compared to Bonds, Amir Khan is Stanley Ketchel. Then Leonard fought Ayub Kalule......then we got our superfight with Hearns.
Khan has been a 140lb fighter whos chin got destroyed at that weight , fought ww what twice now and is stepping up to fight Canelo who will weigh in at 175 fight night. Khan is showing balls and taking a risk, Canelo is being a pussy.


-Skibbz :

I agree with you on Kell Brook, his checkbook may have taken a temporary hit but even if Khan gets smoked I think Brits will turn out for a fight over there, that Sky Sports will probably carry and he can still make some money. GGG, he is taking a hit but I kind of think it is a little of his own fault in this one. For the longest, the narrative that GGG and his team have carried out is we can fight and beat anyone from 154 to 168. When Canelo said 155 he and his team balked. Don't blame him but he did walk away. In addition, he has now lined up another no name cadaver in Dominic Wade which adds to the rumblings that are starting to come about of when is he going to fight someone.
But that's the thing. The narrative around Kell Brook has been for the last year - "When will he fight Amir Khan?" - and now he's been side stepped for a slice of a bigger pie. He is hanging onto that fight as if it's the only thing out there for him, and he does himself nor his fans no favours by fighting the calibre of opponent he has in his last few outings. He had the boxing world murmuring his name after his win Stateside against Shawn Porter but that subsided almost immediately following his stabbing whilst on holiday, and the only time he is mentioned recently is in a sentence with Amir Khan. Agreed on Golovkin, he is walking away from fights and the only people challenging him are the guys desperate for a shot regardless of whether it comes too soon. Now he's fighting Wade whilst his main target Canelo fights Amir Khan in a big promotion. He came to England recently, did a small flurry for the cameras and scooted back to Kazakhstan. No meeting with Frank Warren, no meeting with Eddie Hearn, no meeting's with the boxing fraternity period. He offered Billy Joe Saunders that he can earn fighting a domestic or a mandatory and was rightly refused. There's something there, whether it comes from GGG, Sanchez, Loeffler or simply access to the purse strings I couldn't tell you, but something is there that is holding back these fights and it's ironically hurting the almost 34 year old Golovkin more than he gets hurt in the ring.


-Radam G :

Khan has been a 140lb fighter whos chin got destroyed at that weight , fought ww what twice now and is stepping up to fight Canelo who will weigh in at 175 fight night. Khan is showing balls and taking a risk, Canelo is being a pussy.
Khan is ball-less. Or he would have fought "Special K" Kell B. Khan has the nerves to tangle with Canelo because of delusional religious beliefs about getting Muslim revenge against the Catholic Crusaders of old. I'm not going to be politically correct and secretive about the bizarre xenophobic religious beliefs of Khan about being in scrap after against (infidels) for the glory of Islam. Holla!


-Yogo :

It's pure business. That's all it is. If Amir avoids permanent damage he wins hands down. He's getting chinned obviously but all he does is go home and fight Kell for another 10. Never underestimate the Pakistani's. They dig money as much, if not more than their religion. (NO RACISM).


-Radam G :

It's pure business. That's all it is. If Amir avoids permanent damage he wins hands down. He's getting chinned obviously but all he does is go home and fight Kell for another 10. Never underestimate the Pakistani's. They dig money as much, if not more than their religion. (NO RACISM).
I agree. But money is needed to feed the delusional thinking of religious might. No hate or racism. Holla!