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Canelo vs Khan: Nacho Beristain sees fight being 'spectacular,' if short

Nacho Beristain expects we'll see an entertaining fight if nothing else when Canelo Alvarez faces Amir Khan.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Canelo Alvarez's May 7 fight with Amir Khan has attracted all kinds of attention from fans, media, fellow fighters, and others in the boxing game, and outspoken Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain is one who sees the fight as one likely to be entertaining, for however long it lasts.

Unlike some, Beristain does believe that Khan's speed does give him an actual advantage in the matchup, but ultimately it sounds like he expects the young, naturally heavier Canelo (46-1-1, 32 KO) to get the victory.

"The fight may be short but it'll be high voltage. ... Canelo is very strong; he'll weigh 155 pounds on the day of the weigh-in, and about 170 on the day of the fight. Khan's advantage is speed and that could end up hurting Canelo. The good thing here for Canelo is that Khan doesn't have Mayweather's defensive style. Khan likes to put on a show which means the fight will be spectacular."

Now that the initial shock of the announcement has worn off, the reality for Khan (31-3, 19 KO) is that he's in a fight that very few seem to believe he can actually win. Even those who believe he has potential style advantages to pull off the upset worry that eventually he's going to be hit by something that will end his night, facing the biggest opponent of his career in Alvarez.

The Beristain viewpoint -- that it will be entertaining even if it doesn't last long and even if the winner seems inevitable -- is the majority of the positive outlook at the moment. And if the fight is actually spectacular, then at least that would be something.

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