Canelo-Khan: Great For The Fighters, Disaster For The Fans

Canelo-Khan – Boxing fans, if you haven’t grasped it by now you’ve been asleep at the wheel. The signing of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez 46-1-1 (32) and Amir Khan 31-3 (19) for May 7th should confirm it beyond all doubt…boxing is a business first, above all else. No, that’s not taking anything away from the fighters, they’re without a doubt some of the toughest and in many instances the nicest people you’ll ever meet. However, none of them fight strictly for the fun of it. Granted, they love mixing it up but it’s not something they’d do with regularity if there wasn’t a ton of money to be made for them down the road if they’re blessed to be good enough.

When I first heard of the Alvarez-Khan fight being made, I thought, what a joke. Khan should consider himself lucky if he goes the distance and isn’t bludgeoned into submission by Alvarez. It’s another one of those bouts that has a catch-weight stipulation attached to it with the hope of adding legitimacy to the fight. In reality the catch-weight clause actually makes it a bigger farce.

Canelo’s middleweight belt on the line in a 155 lb catch-weight bout versus maybe the fifth best welterweight in the world is a joke, but it’s boxing and this isn’t the first time it’s happened. The fight is on PPV so if you are that offended by it, don’t purchase it. There’s not a chance in the world the sometimes brittle Khan can stand up to the hard punching Alvarez who Khan probably couldn’t hurt if Canelo stood right in front of him with his hands down and gave him a free shot, or two.

For boxing fans who long to see action-packed give-and-take bouts, the fight is a disaster. But for Alvarez and Khan, it makes all the dollars and sense in the world…as long as you don’t lose sight of the fact the professional boxing, like the NFL and NBA, is a business first.

The matchup is perfect for Canelo because he’ll earn a ton of money in a walkover while waiting for the Golovkin fight to be made. Khan has a name and skills, but he lacks the strength to challenge or hurt Alvarez. Amir’s advantage in hand speed will be a non-factor once the bell rings. In the other corner Khan gets a huge payday in a high profile bout where no expectations are placed on him, and where he has a built-in excuse if he gets taken apart. Khan probably won’t get counted out because the referee, or his corner, will stop the fight before he takes a terrible beating. Afterwards he can legitimately say “one hundred and fifty-five pounds was too much for me; I’ll do better against Kell Brook at my natural weight.” And Khan versus Kell Brook would be huge in England and serve as Brook’s coming out party.

These types of bouts are made because the powers that be know enough fans will buy them for the promoter to turn a profit and serve as a stepping stone for the next big fight involving the winner. If you are planning to watch Alvarez-Khan, it’s not because you want to find out who is going to win, it can’t be, because you already know that. No, the reason you’ll watch is because you want to see if Canelo really can clean his clock. And if he does, you’ll say “he only did what he was supposed to do” – and if the fight goes the distance and Alvarez only wins by decision, he’ll be labeled a bum. But the promoters couldn’t care less about what you think because they know when he fights again you’ll be in line throwing your money down to see him.

Canelo vs. Khan is a very good business maneuver for the fighters, but it’s a pending disaster for boxing fans. The odds are the fight won’t be competitive and there’s no intrigue as to who is going to win. In fact I’ll say it, there is no way in the world that Khan can beat Alvarez unless there’s a sniper in the venue and Canelo isn’t aware of it. What we have in Alvarez-Khan is another high profile bout that’s great for business and terrible for boxing.

Frank Lotierzo can be contacted at GlovedFist@Gmail.com

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

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-Kid Blast :

If Canelo can put a beating on motor mouth, I will be one very happy fan.


-Gabrielito :

I thought the same thing initially. But now I wonder if Kahn's chin problem was like Oscar De La Hoya's "chin problem". DLH was fighting far below his natural weight when he was getting KD'd as a lightweight (never brutally KO'd like Khan, granted). Khan is a huge welterweight, so the size disparity isn't that dramatic. But Kahn could still be brutal KO'd.


-Radam G :

Wow! I'm lost for words. NYET! This scrap is an underworld deal between GBP and tsAH to halt some of those lawsuits against tsAH. His arse is going to get fried in court, so he is selling out diva Amir "Great(less)" Khan. The bout will make a ton of funds because Khan believes that he is ordained by "Allah" to destroy "the red-headed Catholic crusader" Canelo. This thing will be a promotion goldmine. And put a lot of eyes behind those PPVs. And it is going to be a lot of butts in the new MGM seats. I'm all up in the pugvine so I know da bold-arse haps. The scribes also do. But you guys are going to be politically correct to Khan and tsAH. Holla!


-donputo69 :

Smfh...Another catchweight for Canelo???....And against Khan of all people???....SMFH!!!! HOLLA BACK!!!!


-Brad :

I think Frank L. is giving Canelo a but more credit than he deserves. This could be a George Foreman-Jimmy Young type fight. For those too young to remember, Foreman, like Canelo was a hard punching slow footed fighter whose only defeat at this point came at the hands of a great boxer -Muhammad Ali. Canelo's only defeat also came from a great boxer. Jimmy Young had quick hands but no power. Going into the Foreman fight he had over 30 fights, lost 5, and only stops 6 opponents. A light puncher who will get crushed by Big George was the conventional wisdom. "Wait till George hits him. He can't hurt George, he can't hurt anyone. If George let Jimmy Young hit him, he could possibly hurt him."Sound familiar? Another similarity is George, like Canelo, has his eye on a bigger target down the road. We watch because we don't know. If a fighter like Foreman can lose (and get dropped) to a "can't crush a grape puncher" like Jimmy Young, then what makes Canelo safe? Not betting on it, but I'll be watching and I have a feeling so will Frank.


-Kid Blast :

Brad, the difference between Khan and Jimmy was that Jimmy knew how to box and was a slick cutie who beat a lot of top=grade guys. Khan is a one-dimensional, albeit soon-to-be-rich, disaster waiting to get knocked out by a Canelo cruncher.


-Radam G :

I think Frank L. is giving Canelo a but more credit than he deserves. This could be a George Foreman-Jimmy Young type fight. For those too young to remember, Foreman, like Canelo was a hard punching slow footed fighter whose only defeat at this point came at the hands of a great boxer -Muhammad Ali. Canelo's only defeat also came from a great boxer. Jimmy Young had quick hands but no power. Going into the Foreman fight he had over 30 fights, lost 5, and only stops 6 opponents. A light puncher who will get crushed by Big George was the conventional wisdom. "Wait till George hits him. He can't hurt George, he can't hurt anyone. If George let Jimmy Young hit him, he could possibly hurt him."Sound familiar? Another similarity is George, like Canelo, has his eye on a bigger target down the road. We watch because we don't know. If a fighter like Foreman can lose (and get dropped) to a "can't crush a grape puncher" like Jimmy Young, then what makes Canelo safe? Not betting on it, but I'll be watching and I have a feeling so will Frank.
The late, great JY had a near bionic chin. AK has a glass jaw, and he is on bird legs of straw. Canelo is going to break Ak like breaking a speeding law. YUP! He is going down and out in a flash. And the only good thing about it is that he is making a lot of cash. Holla!


-Kid Blast :

Khan's ring IQ is low while Canelo's has become quite high as he fights the Mayweather's and the Cotto's. Prescott ended Amir's dream, Maidana almost had the dumb Khan out, Algieri gave him all he could handle, and Garcia brutalized him. Canelo will fake to his body and then throw upstairs and wobble him. He will then set him up with hooks to the body and finish the whiner with a right to his porcelain jaw and that will be all she wrote. Maybe in the 5th round.


-leon30001 :

I don't hate this fight. I'm expecting it to be entertaining while it lasts. It's not as outlandish as some are suggesting.


-stormcentre :

Kahn was getting walked down by Algieri, and only just survived in some places of that fight. Imagine Algieri against Canelo; that would be target practice provided Saul could catch Chris back peddling. Maidana (whom Canelo would also beat; even if it was the Maiden that fought Floyd the 1st time) had Kahn in all sorts of trouble. Imagine Kahn facing up to James Kirkland? Talk about rabbit caught in the spotlight. Even aside from that chin and its fragility; I am still not sure Khan has learnt defence enough for him to have the composure in the ring to beat a guy like Canelo, whom will probably walk into the ring as a super middleweight and hit Mathew harder than he's been ever hit (in a boxing match) before. That said; A) Khan can easily fight at 155. B) The Brook fight - to some extent - is always there. C) A money making opportunity like this is not always there. D) Khan has a ready made excuse for losing; the weight was too much. E) Khan has not had a fight for a while, and Canelo is well match-practised; and that's not a good recipe for instantly moving up in weight and fighting the champion there that has decent speed/power - even if you do have a good set of whiskers. And, to add to it all . . . . I am sure that - during the time to come that unfolds before the fight actually happens - we will read more than enough different writer/poster's opinions on it all to allow for every possible angle of this match to be re/considered over and over. But none of them will protect Khan's jawline like learning defence can. Getting back to the tread's title. I am not so sure this fight is really a disaster for the fans though. Sure (money aside) it's embarrassing for Canelo to look for and/or take these fights whilst 3G is (practically) calling him out. But for those that like to see boxings' version of the cat amongst the pigeons; it should be interesting. :) :) :)


-Kid Blast :

Right on the money, storm