BoxNation has picked up the United Kingdom rights to the big May 7 fight between Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan, which will air in the United States on HBO pay-per-view from the brand-new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The network announced their acquisition of the fight today, in one of the few things on the internet that is not an April Fool's joke.
Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KO) will be defending the WBC middleweight title in the 155-pound catchweight fight, where Khan (31-3, 19 KO) is coming up from welterweight for the challenge. The 29-year-old Khan, from Bolton, England, had been searching for a major money event for the past few years, first targeting Floyd Mayweather, and then Manny Pacquiao.
When he failed to secure either of those fights, and Golden Boy came up with the idea for him to face Canelo, he jumped at the chance. The fight has been criticized pretty heavily as a physical mismatch, but then that's why they fight the fights. Almost nobody has criticized Khan, who is taking a big risk to get the big fight he wanted.