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Sport24.co.za | Khan ready for 'dream' showdown with Alvarez



Los Angeles – Amir Khan insisted on
Wednesday he is ready for the fight of his life when he steps up two divisions
to take on Mexican world middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
in Las Vegas this weekend.

The British boxer, who normally boxes at
welterweight, faces a daunting battle against the hard-hitting Alvarez on
Saturday in a fight which many believe is a risk too far for the 29-year-old
from Bolton.

However Khan insists he is relishing the
prospect of star billing after enduring years of frustration trying
unsuccessfully to land a bout against the now retired Floyd Mayweather and
Manny Pacquiao.

“It’s my time and I’m going to grab it
with both hands,” Khan told a press conference.

“It’s been my dream to get a big fight
like this in Las Vegas and I’m not going to let it go.

“Come this fight you’re going to see
the best Amir Khan. Canelo’s a tough guy. He’s strong but we’re going to be
ready for what he brings to the table,” added Khan, who is 31-3 with 19
knockouts.

Khan, who is of Pakistani descent, also
referenced the US presidential election campaign rhetoric of likely Republican
nominee Donald Trump, who has vowed to bar Muslims from entering the United
States while promising to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.

“Who knows? This could be the last
fight for me and Canelo in Las Vegas if Donald Trump becomes president,”
joked Khan, a Muslim.

World Boxing Council middleweight champion
Alvarez (46-1, 32 knockouts) meanwhile said he was confident his power would be
too much for Khan.

“I’m very happy with the work that
I’ve done – he’s a very fast, elusive, tricky fighter. I know the work I’ve
done and I’m confident I can go in there and break him down,” Alvarez said
through an interpreter.

The bout’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya
described the fight at Las Vegas’ new T-Mobile Arena as a “classic case of
speed versus power.”

De La Hoya insisted that the idea of a Khan
upset was not outside the realm of possibility – citing the example of
Leicester City’s remarkable title triumph in the English Premier League.

“Whovever thought that Leicester City,
a 5 000-1 shot could win? Whoever thought that Muhammad Ali could knock out
George Foreman?,” De La Hoya said.

“This is a fighter who is willing to
fight the very best. There’s a reason why Floyd Mayweather didn’t want to fight
him, why Manny Pacquiao didn’t want to fight him.”



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