Amir Khan vs Canelo Alvarez Is Not a Mismatch

Amir Khan vs Canelo Alvarez – When the match between WBC middleweight titlist Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico and Amir “King” Khan of Great Britain was announced a collective double gasp of surprise was let out around the world.

First, because Khan had refused Kell Brook. Second, because Khan is taking on literally a bigger challenge.

Fans in the United Kingdom had been riding Khan as some kind of coward. He’s anything but that.

“I’ve really lost only two fights in my career,” said Khan. “This is the first time I’m the underdog.”

Alvarez defends the WBC middleweight title against Khan in the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 7. It’s the classic scenario of power versus speed but it’s much more than that. It’s two elite prizefighters.

E-L-I-T-E.

Khan has won world titles as a super lightweight, competed as a welterweight and now he’s leapfrogging all the way to middleweight. Only elite prizefighters are capable of even contemplating that feat.

Fans already are poo-pooing the fight as another Bolton Massacre with Khan having no chance whatsoever. Bolton incidentally is where Khan calls home. Back in 1644, Royalist troops massacred hundreds of its denizens.

This is prizefighting. Anything can happen.

“I wouldn’t take this fight if I didn’t think I could win,” said Khan.

Who can forget Buster Douglas knocking out the seemingly unbeatable Mike Tyson? Or what about Hasim Rahman surprisingly stopping Lennox Lewis in South Africa? Ok, those are heavyweights, what about Paul Malignaggi nearly defeating Adrien Broner? The world called me crazy for predicting Malignaggi would give Broner fits a few years ago. The Brooklyn Italian nearly hung a loss on Broner if not for some sketchy scoring.

Khan has the tools to give Alvarez great pause when they meet. This is not a club fighter moving up two divisions. This is one of the fastest prizefighters on the planet. More than one journalist outside of England knows that speed and movement can trouble the not-so-nimble Alvarez; though the Mexican redhead has improved dramatically in every phase of the fight games since starting his pro career at 15 years old.

Mexico’s Alvarez will and should be the favorite to win. He’s bigger, stronger and hits harder than the more slender Khan. But speed-wise those blistering combinations zipping in from the Bolton boxer can make even the most experienced fighter wince.

People forget that Khan defeated Marcos Maidana one of the more dangerous fighters around. That fight stays fresh in my mind as a clear display of what his speed can accomplish against a slugger.

“I’m not underestimating Amir Khan,” said Alvarez who seemed perturbed by the media’s labeling it an easy fight.

I wouldn’t bet the house on Alvarez, especially those picking a win by knockout. Khan has plenty of weapons to use.

That left hook to the body put Maidana down and made Zab Judah quit when they met. Sure Miguel Cotto was unable to score on Canelo with that body shot, but this is the much faster Khan.

“Khan can throw one vicious body shot,” said Golden Boy’s Oscar De La Hoya who knows a thing or two about the subject.

Anything can happen when two elite fighters meet in the ring.

Remember Roberto Duran had no problem beating welterweights including Carlos Palomino and Sugar Ray Leonard when he moved up two weight divisions.

Don’t bet the house.

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

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-Radam G :

Sorry! But this one is indeed a mismatch. And I will bet my Amerkano cousin's Baja Cali beach house, and my fat friend's ham sandwich, and my Tennessee buddy's outhouse. Hehe! Amir "King(less) Khan has a lot of divatude -- thanks for coining that term, TSS reader "The Good Doctor" -- but no "It" factor and innate ability to dig for it all. Also Khan lies like a sailor. He has lied about severely beating up Da Manny in sparring sessions and knocking him down and out. He once stone-faced lied about beating up beat up Andre Ward in sparring sessions until Ward said that Khan has never sparred with him. Khan is one delusional bloke, and once he gets in that squared jungle, and Canelo takes a swing at him, Khan is going into a just-last-the distant mode. But then when Canelo's touches him, Khan will let out death sounds before holding, folding and then bytch crushing into the canvas. Dude may be so frighten that he is self kayoed by the fright. (Bruce Seldon was self kayoed by being so frighten of "Iron" Mike Tyson years ago.) I'm predicting that Canelo puts Khan in zzzzz world in two to five rounds. Khan is no Roberto Duran. Duran had the reality of mean and more mean. No! The meanest of mean. Khan has a fantasy belief that he is specially favored by God! And that is just nutty IMHO! "Somebody up there up likes me," a pug is famous for saying. But that is as far as it goes, again IMHO, because God Is Suppose to Like and Appreciate all of His creations. Holla!


-Radam G :

The delusional, fibbing diva Khan is already saying that there is official verification that this scrap is going to top MayPac in dinero and in PPVs. Wow! Holla!


-Avilad60 :

I always enjoy your comments Radam. This one is no exception.


-Radam G :

I always enjoy your comments Radam. This one is no exception.
Thank you! I always enjoy your awesome copy. Holla!


-stormcentre :

David A. Avila is - in some ways - with the title of this thread and also that which he states in post #4 . . . . . Right That said;

1) On the matter of the thread's title, it remains to be seen how a guy that was rocked by Algieri, Garcia, and Prescott, will either;

A) Hold up to shots from Canelo. B) Manage to execute the perfect game-plan and stay away from the more powerful Mexican for 12.

2) On the matter of which he states in post #4 ,pertaining to post #3 . . . .

""The delusional, fibbing diva Khan is already saying that there is official verification that this scrap is going to top MayPac in dinero and in PPVs"".

Like David, I too, see absolutely nothing strange with post #3's comments.

Love it !!!!! Sure know whom is paying whom around here. :) :)


-brownsugar :

I disagree that Khan vs Canelo is a mismatch,.... It's a disgrace. This supposed "Super Star", Canelo is obsfrucating the boundaries of fair competition by constantly engaging in these weight class bending matches that have no bearing on the outcome of the middleweight division and fail to move the rankings one iota in any division. It's like when Cotto blew up to middleweight and in a one time anomaly of a fight, he picked off the low hanging fruit known as Sergio Martinez at a time when Martinez's ability to fight no longer matched up to the awesome name he built for himself during his rugged climb to the middleweight throne. These spectacles may serve public curiosity but are meaningless in the grand scheme of the fight game. This fight is no more than a pseudo celebrity appearance to shower more cash on a middleweight that has no official wins over a true middleweight in the middleweight division. OK, I'm done ranting...... But I must say that Khan has a chance to win if he fights the kind of fight he did to lift the Jr welterweight title from the very capable and supurb boxing Andre Kotelnic. (As Storm mentioned in part B) Khan has the ability to use his legs and peck his way to an insurmountable lead against anyone if he fights at a distance. At least before he became a basket case for sports psychologists and a candidate for strategy makeovers...... prior to losing his identity...... and becoming an action slugger... And then becoming unsure of himself. If Khan could get back to his roots. The roots that allowed him to win the silver in the olympics and Kotelnik's title, anything is possible. I would not at all be surprised if Khan won... At one time Khan was one of the best "at range" boxers in the business.


-SuperLight :

I disagree that Khan vs Canelo is a mismatch,.... It's a disgrace. This supposed "Super Star", Canelo is obsfrucating the boundaries of fair competition by constantly engaging in these weight class bending matches that have no bearing on the outcome of the middleweight division and fail to move the rankings one iota in any division. It's like when Cotto blew up to middleweight and in a one time anomaly of a fight, he picked off the low hanging fruit known as Sergio Martinez at a time when Martinez's ability to fight no longer matched up to the awesome name he built for himself during his rugged climb to the middleweight throne. These spectacles may serve public curiosity but are meaningless in the grand scheme of the fight game. This fight is no more than a pseudo celebrity appearance to shower more cash on a middleweight that has no official wins over a true middleweight in the middleweight division. OK, I'm done ranting...... But I must say that Khan has a chance to win if he fights the kind of fight he did to lift the Jr welterweight title from the very capable and supurb boxing Andre Kotelnic. (As Storm mentioned in part B) Khan has the ability to use his legs and peck his way to an insurmountable lead against anyone if he fights at a distance. At least before he became a basket case for sports psychologists and a candidate for strategy makeovers...... prior to losing his identity...... and becoming an action slugger... And then becoming unsure of himself. If Khan could get back to his roots. The roots that allowed him to win the silver in the olympics and Kotelnik's title, anything is possible. I would not at all be surprised if Khan won... At one time Khan was one of the best "at range" boxers in the business.
Spot on I say. In your last paragraph is a large "if". Let's see how he plays this time. Radam noted Khan is no Duran, who campaigned from lightweight up to middleweight in his glory days if I'm not mistaken. And Alvarez is certainly no Hagler. There I wait for someone to take on Golovkin at 160 pounds, and the man to beat will be the undisputed, lineal champ.


-stormcentre :

Good post BS. Objectively speaking and considering (in generalities) that the weight and perceivable size differences between them is not huge. And/or anywhere near that which Mayweather is expected to scale with a fantasy3G fight; that he would easily win in by the way . . . . . . The reality and/of fact of the matter is that thre is no reason why Khan can't test himself like this. Plenty before him have. But, perhaps, all those that did it before Khan . . . actually did it . . . . not for quite the same reasons that Khan (and Caneo {and Oscar}) tell us. As you rightly allude to.

The problems with the Khan V Canelo matchup - insofar as I can see (and that's even aside from the obvious and curious fact that the underlying motivation for the fight is as Golden Girl farcical - as such considerations and critique of the fight appears both worthy and implicitly substantiated by the articles' quotes about boxings' past single shot home run {multidivisional} hitters that could also, just maybe, possibly, be applied to Khan) - really . . . are many/varied . . . . . Some of the reasons for this view I have already detailed, here/above in this thread, and also in other threads/posts.

And, some (of the other reasons for this view) you yourself have also detailed. . . . . . . Furthermore . . . . Some more reasons for this view possibly are;


1) Khan seems reliant upon a (typical Khan) game-plan that itself relies o speed.
2) Khan (still/sadly) is still easily timed.
3) Khan's *defence becomes even more woeful as his reliance upon speed increases; and *it's pretty bad to start with. This, and always it, will make Khan susceptible to guys that have both stamina and "power".
4) Khan is not a really a single shot knockout puncher; either. Never a good thing if you're moving up in weight and have no defence other than the fact you're usually faster than your opponent.
5) Khan - in order to execute any game-plan the plays to his strengths - must either flurry or counter.
6) With respect to (some of) the article's (curious) comments, including . . . . . . . . .

People
forget that Khan defeated Marcos Maidana one of the more dangerous fighters around. That fight stays fresh in my mind as a clear display of what his speed can accomplish against a slugger.



All I can say is;

A) Not only; . . . ""Dave, love your stuff (no sarcasm intended) . . . . but are you even checking the fights you're quoting? Take a look at the Khan V Maidana fight and tell me that Khan was not a beaten *** there and simply ran scared with faced with serious adversity"" B) But also; nope, we (people) don't
forget.



Check the fight. Maidana was actually ripping through that Khan (halal-plucked) azz - like red hot fresh volcanic magma pushing its own way through pathetically frozen ice and laughing as blows it both . . .

Simultaneously right through several matter-states and into an immediate/gaseous cloud. So sky high that . . . . when Khan felt the heat he just got on his bike and - shamefully - high tailed it out of there; to sit on and (seriously) stink out a points lead.

7) Oscar's public announced reasons for making the fight are as farcical as they are obvious it was all about money, promotional continuity, and;

Not only, finding Canelo a pretend middleweight fight (that may also provide more time for a plausible excuse to be dreamed up for not fighting Triple). But also, ensuring Khan gets paid more (P4P) for the risk (and embarrassment {if he loses}) than that associated with Khan fighting his home soil rivalry; Brook.

8) Look I have no doubt in my mind that Khan knows that he can run with Cotto, and (even aside from any advantages that Khan technically has to Miguel) think that, therefore, (even aside from both Cotto and Khan's faring in the gym with Pac) he surely must be able to do better when in with Saul. As such, the fact of the matter is that are many other things I could put in the list, than just the above 8. But, due to how cool Dave, and his work usually, is; I won't.

As there is no need. Finally, and before we get into this, let's just astral travel over and up (from LatinoLand) to the another side of the world from that where both Canelo and - so it seems - the Sinaloa's fine women stay low whilst others are in the law's whom whudda ever thunk that Judah wouldda falsified a statement related to financial liability and put other fighter's careers, and a promotion itself, in jeopardy. Nice clever and responsible move that one. One that obviously hold's boxings' best interests right at (the fibrillating) heart. Faaaark . . . . talk about the fricken theatre of life; this sport. OK, sampling time, and that means . . . . Time for my Meth pipe, me, and just "chillin". The free of us make a great teem.
Storm. :) :)


-stormcentre :

I disagree that Khan vs Canelo is a mismatch,.... It's a disgrace. This supposed "Super Star", Canelo is obsfrucating the boundaries of fair competition by constantly engaging in these weight class bending matches that have no bearing on the outcome of the middleweight division and fail to move the rankings one iota in any division. It's like when Cotto blew up to middleweight and in a one time anomaly of a fight, he picked off the low hanging fruit known as Sergio Martinez at a time when Martinez's ability to fight no longer matched up to the awesome name he built for himself during his rugged climb to the middleweight throne. These spectacles may serve public curiosity but are meaningless in the grand scheme of the fight game. This fight is no more than a pseudo celebrity appearance to shower more cash on a middleweight that has no official wins over a true middleweight in the middleweight division. OK, I'm done ranting...... But I must say that Khan has a chance to win if he fights the kind of fight he did to lift the Jr welterweight title from the very capable and supurb boxing Andre Kotelnic. (As Storm mentioned in part B) Khan has the ability to use his legs and peck his way to an insurmountable lead against anyone if he fights at a distance. At least before he became a basket case for sports psychologists and a candidate for strategy makeovers...... prior to losing his identity...... and becoming an action slugger... And then becoming unsure of himself. If Khan could get back to his roots. The roots that allowed him to win the silver in the olympics and Kotelnik's title, anything is possible. I would not at all be surprised if Khan won... At one time Khan was one of the best "at range" boxers in the business.
Good post BS. Objectively speaking and considering (in generalities) that the weight and perceivable size differences between them is not huge. And/or anywhere near that which Mayweather is expected to scale with a fantasy 3G fight; that he would easily win in by the way . . . . . . The reality and/or fact of the matter is that there really is no reason why Khan can't test himself like this. Plenty before him have. But, perhaps, all those that did it before Khan . . . actually did it . . . . not for quite the same reasons that Khan (and Caneo {and Oscar}) tell us. As you rightly allude to.

The problems with the Khan V Canelo matchup - insofar as I can see (and that's even aside from the obvious and curious fact that the underlying motivation for the fight is as Golden Girl farcical - as such considerations and critique of the fight appears both worthy and implicitly substantiated by the articles' quotes about boxings' past single shot home run {multidivisional} hitters that could also, just maybe, possibly, be applied to Khan) - really . . . are many/varied . . . . . Some of the reasons for this view I have already detailed, here/above in this thread, and also in other threads/posts.

And, some (of the other reasons for this view) you yourself have also detailed. . . . . . . Furthermore . . . . Some more reasons for this view possibly are;


1) Khan seems reliant upon a (typical Khan) game-plan that itself relies on speed.
2) Khan (still/sadly) is still easily timed.
3) Khan's *defence becomes even more woeful as his reliance upon speed increases; and *it's pretty bad to start with. This, and always it, will make Khan susceptible to guys that have both stamina and "power".
4) Khan is not a really a single shot knockout puncher; either. Never a good thing if you're moving up in weight and have no defence other than the fact you're usually faster than your opponent.
5) Khan - in order to execute any game-plan that (as all good game-plans usually {but don't always [see the way Floyd fought Canelo]} do) plays to his own strengths - must either flurry or counter (or d both); to deter Canelo. But Khan's stance, and sometimes his foot-spread (not speed), and also his defensive liabilities - none of which have been improved upon since the Maidana/Gracia days - present as real risks to doing that. And, that's even if Khan were sharing the ring with a (much weaker) welterweight (than what Canelo will present).
6) With respect to (some of) the article's (curious) comments, including . . . . . . . . .


6A) ""People
forget that Khan defeated Marcos Maidana one of the more dangerous fighters around. That fight stays fresh in my mind as a clear display of what his speed can accomplish against a slugger"".



All I can say is;


(i) Not only; . . . ""Dave, love your stuff (no sarcasm intended) . . . . but are you even checking the fights you're quoting? If you can, please take a look at the Khan V Maidana fight - particularly the latter rounds - and tell me that Khan was not a beaten azz there and simply running scared when faced with serious adversity.""

With all due respect; these are not the traits of your typical guy and boxer that can successfully move up in weight and flip the script on both Oscar and Canelo's plans to bust someone's (Khan's?) middleweight azz-hymen, in front of all; as a means of themselves simply staying busy and avoiding a Triple G assault.


(ii) But also; nope, we (people) don't
forget. As Maidana (and that - directly related to adversity - that was possibly/potentially overlooked in the fight when Kahn faced him) will probably present as the closest thing Khan has already faced (and ran from) - to Canelo.

Check the fight. Maidana was actually ripping through that Khan (halal-plucked) azz - like red hot fresh volcanic magma pushing its own way through pathetically frozen ice and laughing as blows it both . . .

Simultaneously right through several matter-states and into an immediate/gaseous cloud. So sky high that . . . . when Khan felt the heat he just got on his bike and - shamefully - high tailed it out of there; to sit on and (seriously) stink out a points lead.


6B) Those comments that allude to and/or suggest that, Khan ""is able to do it"" . . . . because others before him have. Well, most of the guys that have done it before Khan;

A) Not only have shown slightly more resolve during those times when they're faced with real adversity. And, adaptability, and resolve - whether or not it is during those times when he's faced with real adversity - are not really Khan's strong points. B) Did it, not necessarily out of (what can only be described as) "primary school (level) spite" off the back of failing to secure a marquee fight with the sport's top dawg, and also they probably did it not, simultaneously, as a means to avoid a mega-showdown with a cross town and worthy rival like Brook.



I am prepared to go out on a limb and say that Khan - as great as he is as a professional fighter and as great as his amateur career was - is not an elite boxer.
7) Oscar's public announced reasons for making the fight are as farcical as they are obvious it was all about money, promotional continuity, and;

Not only, finding Canelo a pretend middleweight fight (that may also provide more time for a plausible excuse to be dreamed up for not fighting Triple). But also, ensuring Khan gets paid more (P4P) for the risk (and embarrassment {if he loses}) than that associated with Khan fighting his home soil rivalry; Brook.


8) Look I have no doubt in my mind that Khan knows that he can run with Cotto, and (even aside from any advantages that Khan technically has to Miguel) think that, therefore, (even aside from both Cotto and Khan's faring in the gym with Pac) he surely must be able to do better when in with Saul.

As such, the fact of the matter is that are many other things I could put in the list, than just the above 8. But, due to how cool Dave, and his work usually, is; I won't. As there is no need. Finally, and before we get into this, let's just astral travel over and up (from LatinoLand) to the another side of the world from that where both Canelo and - so it seems - the Sinaloa's fine women stay low, whilst others close to them are in the law's throws . . . . . Geez . . . whom whudda ever thunk that Judah wouldda falsified a statement related to financial liability and in doing so put other fighter's careers, and a promotion itself, in jeopardy. Nice clever and responsible move that one. One that obviously holds boxings' best interests right at (the fibrillating) heart. Faaaark . . . . talk about the fricken theatre of life; this sport. OK, it’s sampling time. And that means . . . . Time for my Meth pipe, me, and just "chillin". The free of us make a great teem.
Storm. :) :)


-Radam G :

Spot on I say. In your last paragraph is a large "if". Let's see how he plays this time. Radam noted Khan is no Duran, who campaigned from lightweight up to middleweight in his glory days if I'm not mistaken. And Alvarez is certainly no Hagler. There I wait for someone to take on Golovkin at 160 pounds, and the man to beat will be the undisputed, lineal champ.
This whole thing is typical nowadays mythology and snake oil entertainment being sold to vulnerable fans and cyperspace trolls as a giant, brave leap when this stuff has always been. Holla at history and you will see a long trail littered with welterweights jumping bad and challenging the middleweight king. So what Kingless Khan is doing is not worth a hill of beans to get excited about. You have a lot of people acting surprised about Khan going into martyrdom against Canelo because, bitting off Uncle Roger May, "Most people don't know syet 'bout boksing" or its nature history. It has never been out of the ordinary for a welterweight to skip light middleweight and rumble with the middleweight champ because body size don't mean syet. First and foremost, it is all about the money size. And to win the scrap, it is meanness and stealthness that counts. Khan is not boksing mean and he has no boksing stealth. He is religion sissified, soft in the chin punkified [sic] and simplified in every boxing skill. Gaddangit! This whole scrap is just a phony promotion phenomenon. Canelo is going to tear Kingless Khan's arse apart. And to believe and accept that is very smart. Khan's psyche is that of a suicide martyr. No hate! I'm just calling a spade a spade. Khan is down with getting crush. I don't know if it is because he gets a religious high rush. Too much of bringing one's religion into da game, makes him unusual with mythical believing syet about God Doing diz, dat and da third for him. The "Born Again" God or even the Catholic God Didn't Come to Help Da (injured) Manny against Money May and Nevada State Boxing Commission crooks. So don't expected for the Muslim God to Come and Help the delusional Khan against Canelo. This d@mn scrap will be Mano-i-loco. And you can figure out that Khan is the loco one. Hehe! Canelo is going to blow him out. And OMFG! Quit thinking that the welterweight Khan is doing something unique going up to fight the middleweight champion. This is a regular thing in the long history of pugilism. Holla!


-michigan400 :

1st thing I thought was mismatch. The more I think about it though, the less it seems like that. Kahn can at minimum, make him look bad for stretches of the fight with quick punches then grabbing or sliding out the side. If Canelo can't land a big punch, he might get out boxed and embarrassed. If I had to put money on it Id still pick Canelo by late stoppage. But I think mismatch is too harsh of a description. Its an interesting fight nobody expected IMO.


-brownsugar :

1st thing I thought was mismatch. The more I think about it though, the less it seems like that. Kahn can at minimum, make him look bad for stretches of the fight with quick punches then grabbing or sliding out the side. If Canelo can't land a big punch, he might get out boxed and embarrassed. If I had to put money on it Id still pick Canelo by late stoppage. But I think mismatch is too harsh of a description. Its an interesting fight nobody expected IMO.
Nice comments, all I can say is for Khan vs Canelo.... And Pac vs Bradley, they had better have an outstanding undercard because neither of those fights warrant the outlay of my entertainment dollars. They arent bad fights..... Just not PPV worthy. Either that or I'll just watch it on the "blue stick".