In the pay-per-view clash – dubbed speed vs power – former super welterweight world champion Austin Trout believes that the only way Saul “Canelo” Alvarez can beat Amir Khan is by way of knockout.
Mexico’s Canelo (46-1-1, 32 KO) defends his WBC middleweight world title against Khan (31-3, 19 KO) this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas – albeit at a catchweight of 155-pounds.
Many are expecting a great size difference between the pair with Khan stepping up from welterweight to face Canelo – who usually rehydrates to well above 170-pounds when entering the ring.
The fight has been compared to great battles in the past where speed has come up against power; Leonard-Hagler and Ali-Foreman to name a couple. One person to have already felt Canelo’s power is Trout who faced the Mexican back in 2013 and subsequently lost both his world title and his unbeaten record in a unanimous decision defeat.
“Firstly, I was very surprised when the fight got made and it makes no sense to me that it is for the middleweight world title. They both have huge followings so as far as making money goes, it’s a good fight,” Trout – who is currently preparing for his own world title clash on May 21 – exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Canelo is a hard puncher and was the first person to crack my chin and put me down. He is very strong but at the same time, I took a number of clean right hands before he eventually got me down. He is a very hard man to face though.
“One thing I don’t see is Canelo outboxing Khan – that won’t happen. For that, if it goes to a decision, then Khan will get the victory and if it ends in a knockout then it will be a win for Canelo – that’s the only way he can win.”
Matt Horan is lead writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @mhoran123