The boxing world is abuzz today with the news that Canelo Alvarez will face Amir Khan on Saturday, May 7, opening the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with its first huge boxing event. Here are some quick quotes from the fighters and promoter Oscar De La Hoya:
"As the middleweight champion of the world, I will take on the best fighters in the sport and on Cinco De Mayo weekend, I look forward to making the first defense of my titles. Amir was a decorated amateur, a two-time world champion and is in the prime of his career. Fans are in for a great fight on May 7."
"I know Canelo fights the best and wouldn't pass up the opportunity to face me like others have. My goal is to always fight the biggest names and the best fighters that is why I'm excited for this fight. Also, I would like to thank my team and Golden Boy Promotions for this opportunity. I know I have the speed and ability to beat him and will give my fans what they deserve on May 7."
OSCAR DE LA HOYA
"We are committed to putting on the biggest and best fights in boxing. Canelo is the biggest star in the sport and as he demonstrated against James Kirkland and Miguel Cotto last year, he is only getting better. Those who predicted that he would take an easy fight for his first defense have been proven wrong once again. As for Amir, he has won his last five fights including an incredible performance against Devon Alexander, and now that he is back where he belongs at Golden Boy Promotions, his future is very bright, once again."