clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Amir Khan: Canelo will not be able to cope with my speed

Amir Khan says despite bulking up for his upcoming fight against Canelo Alvarez, he expects to be even faster than before.

Julian Finney/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Amir Khan has spent a good portion of his training camp putting on muscle for his upcoming May 7th PPV clash against the naturally bigger Canelo Alvarez - but don't think that will affect his speed. According to Khan, not having to whittle down to 147lbs has actually helped his body, and expects to be the best version of himself on fight night.

"Stepping up a couple divisions has definitely given me more muscle and strength," Khan told ESPN. "My speed will be a bit better in this fight.

"I've got a bit more power. When I throw those shots I will be throwing them with power. Every punch thrown becomes more perfect and the timing will be there."

Khan says despite some believing his added muscle will weigh him down, he's seen absolutely no detrimental effects in his move up in weight, also suggesting that his sparring partners are still being dazzled by his speed. He expects to give Canelo more of the same.

"Speed is what is going to win me the fight. Canelo is going to be hit by punches he will not see coming. He will want to walk me down, but he's not going to be able to cope with the speed."

Khan goes on to insist that he won't be lured into a brawl with Canelo, and that will be the difference in him securing an upset victory - one that he would rate as one of the biggest accomplishments of his career.

Are any of you starting to thaw on Amir Khan's chances in this fight?

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Bad Left Hook Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your global boxing news from Bad Left Hook