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Exclusive: How athletic will Khan be at 155 or 160? – Thurman

Phil Jay 18/02/2016

Cynthia Vance

WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman recently gave his detailed view to WBN on the upcoming Canelo Alvarez v Amir Khan catchweight bout scheduled for May 7 in Las Vegas.

The pair collide for the WBC middleweight title at an agreed weight of 155lbs and Thurman discussed how each fighter may approach the contest in an article to come on World Boxing News next week.

Something ‘One Time’ did wonder beforehand was whether Khan is going to be as agile and quick as usual when moving up a full eight pounds from his previous limit in Thurman’s weight class of 147.

Khan is known for his lightning reflexes, which will be much-needed against the heavy-handed Mexican, and Thurman believes could cause Canelo problems if the Briton isn’t hampered by the extra weight.

“I can’t speak for how Canelo will fight, but I do think he’s a bit flat-footed and Amir Khan should have a decent time dancing around him,” Thurman exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Amir Khan fighting at that weight class though, I don’t know if he knows how athletic he can be weighing 155 pounds and the night of the fight possibly weighing 160 pounds. How athletic can Amir Khan be for twelve rounds? – We will find out.

“It’s an interesting fight and I’m most likely going to watch it,” he added.

Thurman is back in action himself on March 12 in a mouth-watering title defense against former amateur team-mate Shawn Porter before a possible unification against Kell Brook or Danny Garcia in the summer.

A meeting with Khan could also be a possibility for the hard-hitting American, win or lose against Canelo, provided Thurman comes through Porter unscathed in Connecticut next month.

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