Canelo’s Physicality Will Overwhelm Khan’s Speed

Canelo’s Physicality Will Overwhelm Khan’s Speed – This Saturday night Saul “Canelo” Alvarez 46-1-1 (32) will meet Amir Khan 31-3 (19) for the WBC world middleweight title at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Alvarez is the lineal middleweight champion, meaning he holds the lineal title dating back to Harry Greb, Sugar Ray Robinson and Carlos Monzon – yet he has never fought once in 48 professional bouts as a full-fledged middleweight. His opponent, Amir Khan, won his first professional title seven years ago as a lightweight. Khan has been stopped twice in his career, once as a lightweight and once as a super lightweight/junior welterweight….and has never once fought as a junior middleweight, let alone a middleweight.

Much has been written about Alvarez-Khan, but before anything else is said, it must be made clear and perfectly understood that……It’s another bout 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. Instead of the fighters not being allowed to weigh in above the middleweight limit of 160, they must weigh in at 155 or less. And as I said in an earlier column, understand what it is you’re buying on PPV and if you are offended by the terms of the fight, don’t buy it — because if you’re expecting an action packed bout with sustained action, I doubt you’ll see it here.

Canelo vs. Khan is a very good business maneuver for the fighters, but it’s a pending disaster for boxing fans. If by some fluke Khan goes the distance and loses a close decision, Alvarez can blame his mediocre showing on Amir’s quickness and how he is troubled by smaller fighters with speed who refuse to engage him. On the other hand, if Khan gets trounced or knocked out, he can legitimately say “one hundred and fifty-five pounds was too much for me; I’ll do better at my natural weight.” However, both fighters are going to make a lot of money and they’re fighting a big name opponent with a built in caveat in case they lose or look bad. Something they can move on from if that’s how it plays out. And because of the weight and perceived disparity in size, they’ll both be in a position to look up or down a weight division when they next fight.

Khan can move on and fight undefeated welterweight Kell Brook in what would be a huge fight in the UK even if Canelo demolishes him, because that’s what Canelo was supposed to do. As for Canelo, if he looks like a destroyer against a fighter moving up who probably can’t even annoy him with his limited punch at the higher weight, his stock will go up and it’ll be said he can handle a good boxer with speed and mobility better than he could a few years ago when Floyd Mayweather took him to school.

As for the fight, Oscar De LA Hoya says he likes Amir’s chances….”He must adhere absolutely to his game plan. He will have to fight the perfect fight. If he does that, if he stays on the outside and moves from side to side and uses that speed of his, in and out, he not only wins but wins easily.”

On paper that sounds plausible, but ask yourself this: can Amir Khan via his speed force Canelo to do anything that he doesn’t want to do? I say, other than chase, not really. De La Hoya pointed to Sugar Ray Leonard utilizing his speed and out-boxing Marvin Hagler as an example as to how Khan can win. Only he left out that Leonard also had enough pop in his punch which prevented Marvin from pursuing him as if he were handcuffed. And to that I don’t see Khan having guns big enough to emulate Leonard. Canelo is fearless and he takes a great shot, I doubt even the heavier Khan has the needed power to discourage him.

Actually, the fight could be similar to De La Hoya’s bout with Bernard Hopkins. Yes, for a little while Oscar’s speed bothered Hopkins and prevented Bernard from going through him. But eventually he had to fight, and when that happened, De La Hoya’s speed succumbed to Hopkins’ natural strength and power. When the bigger fighter goes down in weight and fights the smaller fighter, the smaller fighter usually wins. But Alvarez vs. Khan is the opposite. The bigger fighter is staying at his natural weight, and it’s the smaller and lighter fighter who is being forced to fight big. It worked for Hopkins against Antonio Tarver, but Bernard was the superior fighter. If Canelo and Khan were both flyweights, it’s debatable that Amir is even the better technician. Add to that he can’t hurt Alvarez and it’s pretty much a given that Alvarez can hurt him with anything he lands cleanly to the head or the body….then how do you think the fight will end up?

Everybody is making a big deal out of Khan’s quickness and ability to box on the move, assuming he hasn’t been slowed by the added weight. However, at the end of the day, regardless how close Khan keeps the fight, it will be Canelo’s superior physicality that will prevent the upset. Amir doesn’t have the ability to neutralize the gap in physicality the way Mayweather did when he fought Alvarez. Khan may put up a better fight than most imagined when the bout was first announced – but when it’s over, the bull-like Canelo’s abundance in boxing strength and power will ultimately be a bridge too far for Amir to navigate across.

I salute Khan for taking the risk and fighting Alvarez, but he’s in a no lose and everything to gain situation and I doubt he’ll be hurt or injured at the hands of the stronger and harder punching Canelo.

Frank Lotierzo can be contacted at GlovedFist@Gmail.com

 

 

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-Kid Blast :

Yes it will. He will overwhelm him within 6 or 7 rounds with his will and determination wearing Khan down with left hooks until he lands one that stuns Khan. Then the stalk will commence ending with a merciless kill. Won't be pretty for The King, but $ 13,000,000 makes it all worthwhile.


-leon30001 :

Here's the thing: at some point Khan ALWAYS gets forced to exchange. Usually multiple times. Coupled with having the worst chin among all world-class active fighters (that I can think of), fighting an appreciably bigger man, and having severely overrated boxing ability, he is going down, hard. I'd put my house on it. If I had one.


-Radam G :

Size doesn't mean jack. Canelo is going to get to Khan because Khan is going to be running as if he is on a racing track. Canelo is going to cut him off and chase him down. It is a myth that Khan has the speed to make Canelo look like a clown. And even if he does, Canelo has matured, improved and grown in cutting off da squared jungle. Like a wounded giraffe, Khan is going to limp and stumble. Khan has had a big problem crossing over to pro scrapping. Against Canelo, he is going to be amateurish slapping and tapping. Khan's so-called speed is not suited for the pro game. But he hollers about it like a diva dame. The speed of Canelo is going to put Khan's too shame. Trust me, or not, diva dame Khan is going to be so lame. Dude makes too many moves with his hands and feet. And not enough with his head and shoulders. That is why he is constantly knocked on his seat. And once again that is the way that he is going to be beat. Holla!


-Coxs Corner :

Canelo is just too strong for Khan to box at ring center. Canelo is not great at cutting the ring but he will be able to impose himself physically on Khan and prevent him form boxing. Alvarez takes this.


-Radam G :

Canelo is just too strong for Khan to box at ring center. Canelo is not great at cutting the ring but he will be able to impose himself physically on Khan and prevent him form boxing. Alvarez takes this.
True dat! True dat! But on Saturday, it will be different. Every young, great pug grows into knowledge -- knowledge of the whole 9. The hurrying-and-bamboozled man-child who fought Money May has exit out of the essence of Canelo. A full grown-@$$ man is rumbling with the delusional Khan. And that grown-a$$ man has learnt to cut off the whole squared jungle and beast pop and rip a suppose-to-be-blinding-speed prey. All night long, at his will, Canelo is going to be all up in Khan's grill. Khan is going to be so easy to catch, that he will look as if he is standing still. About Khan, too many people and pundits are making a mountain out of a molehill. With Khan's all-a-sudden hope of winning, I've gotten my fill. Hehe! Jack and Jill will need to go up the hill. I hope they get some smelling salt and a Mac truck full of water. Khan is going to be quite hard to wake up. Holla!


-michaelabii :

Canelo wins by late KO in the 10th. Khan takes a horrible beating between the 7th - 10th rounds but his heart wont let him succumb or surrender. Khan got bullied by Algieri and Lamont Petersen. I do not see a different outcome in this fight. His technical boxing skills are limited to speed and movement and thats not enough to beat Canelo. I really do not think he deserves this fight to be honest. I stopped buying PPVs a while ago because I do think we the pure fans are being cheated big time. Give me a Bute/jack fight anytime. Real fighters - not that Canelo and Khan are not. Its just that the business of Boxing has no scruples nor consideration for the paying fans and that is a shame.


-Radam G :

Canelo wins by late KO in the 10th. Khan takes a horrible beating between the 7th - 10th rounds but his heart wont let him succumb or surrender. Khan got bullied by Algieri and Lamont Petersen. I do not see a different outcome in this fight. His technical boxing skills are limited to speed and movement and thats not enough to beat Canelo. I really do not think he deserves this fight to be honest. I stopped buying PPVs a while ago because I do think we the pure fans are being cheated big time. Give me a Bute/jack fight anytime. Real fighters - not that Canelo and Khan are not. Its just that the business of Boxing has no scruples nor consideration for the paying fans and that is a shame.
Khan's trainer V-Hunt didn't want this scrap. No way in hell does he let Khan take a beating. Besides, Khan's jaw is too fragile to handle this work. And dude's brain is a coward that shuts him down at the first impact of mass damage. Holla!


-amayseng :

Canelo wins by late KO in the 10th. Khan takes a horrible beating between the 7th - 10th rounds but his heart wont let him succumb or surrender. Khan got bullied by Algieri and Lamont Petersen. I do not see a different outcome in this fight. His technical boxing skills are limited to speed and movement and thats not enough to beat Canelo. I really do not think he deserves this fight to be honest. I stopped buying PPVs a while ago because I do think we the pure fans are being cheated big time. Give me a Bute/jack fight anytime. Real fighters - not that Canelo and Khan are not. Its just that the business of Boxing has no scruples nor consideration for the paying fans and that is a shame.
You think his chin will hold up to 3 harsh rounds of taking a beating from a 175lb good hitter? I think he gets dazed early and easily and gets out of there in a few.... We will see...


-brownsugar :

This is a good fight on paper, at the very least it should be an entertaining spectacle... Canelo has shown himself to be a capable fighter, I thought the Lara and Trout fights could have gone the other way or at least should have been ruled a draw. But paying to watch Canelo on PPV would only be mandatory for me if I were born in Mexico... and there's nothing wrong with being from Mexico, OK, so he won't go any where near Golovkin, "I'm a 155lb middleweight champ" Canelo cries ( you know, a new hybrid kind of middleweight that's not required to fight anyone at the 160 pound limit) ,... OK, then, ... at least fight the Charlo brothers, Andrade, Tony Harrison or Willie Nelson at 154, ...prove you are legit. Kirkland and Angulo were low hanging fruit, ripe and ready to be plucked. Until then, I'm very comfortable with watching the fight at a later date. Unlike Golovkin, Canelo has never been Must See TV in my opinion. Wouldn't be surprised to see Khan win some rounds, Wouldn't be shocked if he won the fight. Khan does have some skill. I'm glad he's finally getting a payday. The likely scenario is Canelo by 8 round TKO.


-DaveB :

Okay fellows, there it is. Amir Khan fought very bravely but this fight turned out as we all thought it would. Why are these types of fights still being offered? When will the fans demand more? So tired of watching this stuff and being told how great it can be which is out of the realm of reality.


-amayseng :

Okay fellows, there it is. Amir Khan fought very bravely but this fight turned out as we all thought it would. Why are these types of fights still being offered? When will the fans demand more? So tired of watching this stuff and being told how great it can be which is out of the realm of reality.
Agreed. That was brutal, there are weight classes for a reason, hope khan is not chronically injured. Was like watching a bully chase down a smaller kid and when he finally got him cornered on the playground it was lights out immediately


-Radam G :

Agreed. That was brutal, there are weight classes for a reason, hope khan is not chronically injured. Was like watching a bully chase down a smaller kid and when he finally got him cornered on the playground it was lights out immediately
YUP! But dude didn't get KTFO because of his weight. Both pugs were the same weight at the weight ins. And it is skills that pay the bills. Size doesn't matter. Khan got kayoed the same way at lightweight and light welterweight. Dude is just built outta glass and bulljive from the neck up. Dude's biggest problem is that he still fights like an amateur in a pro's game at the super-elite level. And ev'ybodee and dey momma have brainwashed the dude that he is a speed demon. And NO he ain't! He is an animated zombie. From the waist up, he is stiff as my hard on. Hehehe! And he is not scrapping with p---y$. For those who didn't see it, holla at this before the big powers that are knock it down:
->http://www.boxingreplay.com/2016/05/saul-alvarez-vs-amir-khan-fight-live.html. Holla!


-amayseng :

YUP! But dude didn't get KTFO because of his weight. Both pugs were the same weight at the weight ins. And it is skills that pay the bills. Size doesn't matter. Khan got kayoed the same way at lightweight and light welterweight. Dude is just built outta glass and bulljive from the neck up. Dude's biggest problem is that he still fights like an amateur in a pro's game at the super-elite level. And ev'ybodee and dey momma have brainwashed the dude that he is a speed demon. And NO he ain't! He is an animated zombie. From the waist up, he is stiff as my hard on. Hehehe! And he is not scrapping with p---y$. For those who didn't see it, holla at this before the big powers that are knock it down:
->http://www.boxingreplay.com/2016/05/saul-alvarez-vs-amir-khan-fight-live.html. Holla!
Absolutely, his chin cant take a jr ww punch, Canelo at 175 was a predicted one shot massacre. I said, when Canelo lands flush it is lights out.