LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Amir Khan is taking motivation from Leicester City s exceptional Premier League title triumph as he gets ready for an overwhelming fight with World Boxing Council middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in Las Vegas on Saturday.
The 29-year-old Khan will begin as an enormous underdog when he moves into the ring to confront the hard-hitting Alvarez at the betting safe house s shimmering new 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena.
Khan, who regularly battles at welterweight, is venturing up by two divisions to confront Alvarez, a dangerous puncher who has ordered a noteworthy 46-1 record with 32 knockouts.
The world title standoff is charged as a great differentiation of styles, setting the trickiness and rate of Khan (31-3, 19 knockouts) against the beast quality of the actually greater Alvarez.
Be that as it may, in a week when the adventures of 5,000-1 shots Leicester have charmed the donning scene, Khan trusts he can compose another tall tale win.
“I m seen as the underdog in this battle against Canelo yet I feel this is the year of the underdog,” Khan said in the wake of touching base in Las Vegas this week.
“What Leicester City accomplished is totally astounding. You would have been called insane on the off chance that you believed that Leicester would win the title toward the begin of the season – it s such a rousing story.
“I m certainly going to utilize that to help me. I m prepared to stun the world and beat Canelo. I know I m prepared for this battle and need to get in the ring at this moment.”
However the bullishness of the challenger can’t cover the way that even his mentor, the San Francisco-based Virgil Hunter, was suspicious about the knowledge of battling Alvarez.
“At first I didn t like the battle. Be that as it may, I hadn t seen Amir. So when he came to camp I was astounded to perceive the amount he had developed,” Hunter said.
“Middleweights can thump out heavyweights. I wear t think the weight will be that quite a bit of an element. I think the weight may be somewhat overstated as far as Canelo s viability.”
Khan s corner will trust the Briton s hypnotizing hand rate will give him the point of preference against Alvarez, whose lone thrashing came against another warrior with comparative aptitudes, the now resigned Floyd Mayweather, in 2013.
The battle could depend on whether Khan will have the capacity to stick and move for 12 rounds while at the same time maintaining a strategic distance from Alvarez s heaviest body blows.
Alvarez is certain he will have the capacity to chase down an adversary who keeps on confronting questions about his button after over 10 years as an expert.
“I m exceptionally content with the work that I ve done – he s a quick, tricky, dubious contender. I know the work I ve done and I m certain I can go in there and separate him,” Alvarez said.
“He will be amazed. Numerous contemplate my energy however when they get in the ring they understand that s not all there is.”
Alvarez s mentor Chepo Reynoso recognized Khan s trademark speed. “Yes, he s quick – yet Saul likewise is not a turtle,” Reynoso cautioned.