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article imageOp-Ed: Amir Khan to keep hope alive for shot at Floyd Mayweather

By Leo Reyes     May 6, 2016 in Sports
Amir Khan has always been a crowd favorite in most of his last 34 fights spanning over 10 years since turning pro in 2005, but on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, he will play the role of underdog against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
Khan (31-3-0, 19 KOs) is moving up two weight classes to face the Alvarez at 155 pounds catchweight. It will be Khan's first fight in the middleweight limit of 160 pounds.
Not many fans are giving Khan the chance to win over Alvarez whose only career loss was against unbeaten former pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
But Khan is confident he will triumph over Alvarez, despite the odds favoring the 25-year-old power puncher from Mexico.
"I'm going to hit Canelo and he's probably not going to feel it, but skill is going to win it," said Khan at a press conference ahead of the fight. "I don't want to be involved in exchanges, standing in front of him giving him free shots. I know he can hurt me with one big shot.
"So I have to make sure I'm balanced when I'm throwing my own shots. It's all about being disciplined and sticking to the game-plan for 12 rounds. Before, I've not respected guys who have knocked me down or out. This fight I know I can be hurt so I'll be on the edge and my defences will be sharper," he added.
Khan is coming off five straight wins since losing to Danny Garcia via TKO in 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 29-year-old native of Bolton, England is banking on his speed and skill to outpoint Alvarez saying he isn't after a knockout win but is prepared to go 12 rounds and win on point.
"A win against Canelo would be one of the biggest wins of my career because he is a superstar, especially on this Cinco de Mayo weekend in front of everyone. I have trained and worked on my speed and my power," Khan said.
Khan has less than 50 percent knockout rate and for the Alvarez fight, his chance of winning via KO is almost nil as he has to keep his distance to avoid being hit by the power-packed hands of Alvarez.
Despite the odds, Khan's confidence level is high and no one can discount the possibility of him pulling off the upset on fight night. If it does happen, Khan's hope of facing Mayweather down the road could become more real than imagined.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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