Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs), battles Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 Kos) in one of the most anticipated fights of the year on Saturday, May 7. The fight takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Alvarez goes into the fight having won his last 4 fights after losing a unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2013. In the 4 fights, Alvarez has a TKO, a split decision, a unanimous decision, and a KO over James Kirkland.
Khan has won his last 5 fights since Danny Garcia knocked him out in Round 4 in 2012. Carlos Molina retired in his corner in Round 10. Khan won the other 4 fights via unanimous decision.
How To Bet The Amir Khan vs Canelo Alvarez Fight Odds
Amir Khan is a huge underdog in the fight on Saturday night. Khan isn’t expected to make it to Round 10 against the heavy hitting Canelo. The fight odds currently are:
- Khan to win: 7/2
- Khan by KO, TKO or Disqualification: 18/1
- Alvarez to win: 1/5
- Alvarez by KO, TKO or Disqualification: 2/1
- Draw: 33/1
What: World Boxing Council Middleweight.
Who: Amir Khan vs Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez
When: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Start Time: 9 PM ET
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Stadium: T-Moblie Arena
Moneyline: Khan 7/2 vs Alvarez 1/5
Round Total: 9.5
Stream: HBO Boxing
Why Bet Amir Khan at 7/2 to Beat Canelo Alvarez
Amir Khan is too fast for Canelo Alvarez. Alvarez has had problems with speedy fighters. His lone loss occurred when he faced Floyd Mayweather Jr. The reason that Floyd decided to fight Berto instead of Khan in his supposedly last battle was because of Khan’s hand speed. Khan has quick feet and quick hands, meaning that there’s a chance that he lands a combination before Alvarez can counter.
Why Bet Canelo Alvarez at 1/5 to Beat Amir Khan
Alvarez is a natural fighter at the catch weight of 155 pounds. Alvarez may not have quicker hands than Khan but what he does have is an excellent chin and extreme power. Canelo has been more patient in recent fights. He’s taken his time to decipher what his opponents’ strategy is, making adjustments, and then using his power to wear down his opponents. That could work against Khan.
Expert Pick & Final Fight Prediction
I believe that Canelo Alvarez is a great fighter. But he’s at a disadvantage in this fight. Amir Khan’s hand speed can be devastating. But will Khan have the same speed and power at 155 as he did as a lightweight and welterweight?
There is a phrase that NFL scouts use to assess whether or not a college football player can gain weight without losing his speed. The phrase is “his frame looks capable of carrying more weight”. After looking at Khan, his frame appears more than capable of carrying the extra weight. He looks good at 155. He’s a half inch taller than Canelo. He’s got a half inch reach advantage.
The keys for Khan will be listening to trainer Virgil Hill’s instructions regarding defense and footwork. From what I’ve seen, Khan has never been a very good technical fighter. He’s been great at using his hand speed but he has trouble moving to prevent blows from hitting him with their greatest force. He couldn’t dance in a small space the way that Sugar Ray Leonard and Manny Pacquiao can.
Boxing in a small space is different than running. When you run from your opponent, you end up getting caught. If you box in a small space, you end up keeping your distance and deflecting your opponent’s blows.
That’s what I believe Khan will end up doing. Switching trainers to Virgil Hill, who trains Andre Ward the best pound for pound fighter on the planet with the exception of Gennady Golovkin, will make all the difference. Hill has taught Khan how to not only fight in small spaces but to use correct defensive technique in order to get out of harms’ way.
Because it’s in Vegas, where Golden Boy rules, Khan will lose on one of the judges fight cards. But he will do enough to win a split decision.