British boxer Amir Khan feels that he can beat WBC middleweight champion Saul Alvarez on May 7 in Las Vegas despite climbing up two places in weight class to meet Alvarez at a catchweight of 155 pounds.
In an interview with The Ring, Khan says despite the gap in physical size he has what it takes to beat the Mexican come fight night.
“If you think about the fight: stylistically it has the makings of a great fight,” Khan tells The Ring. “I honestly believe I can beat this guy.
“Everybody acts like he’s an unstoppable machine and are afraid to fight him. I am not scared to fight him and I am not going to go in there with respect.”
Alvarez will clearly be the biggest opponent that Khan has ever faced in the ring and during fight night can rehydrate to more than 170 pounds. Even though Khan is agreeing to fight at 155 pounds there is no clause limiting how much weight can be gained with rehydration on fight night.
Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn feels that Khan will not beat his larger opponent.
“I don’t think it’s a great move for Khan in having the fight at 155,” Hearn tells iFL TV.
“Amir might cause him some problems early on, but I can’t see him winning the fight.”
Though the rehydration weight issue looks a bit dubious, the WBC supports the fighters’ agreement, saying that “any weight lower than 160 pounds is official and within the rules of the governing body”.