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Canelo Alvarez preparing for Amir Khan's style

Canelo Alvarez says he's preparing a strategy to face Amir Khan, who he expects to feature a lot of hand speed and movement.

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WBC middleweight titlist Canelo Alvarez put his strap on the line when he faces Amir Khan on May 7th. In anticipation for the title defense, Canelo says he's been preparing a strategy specifically for Khan - who he expects to emulate Floyd Mayweather and Erislandy Lara.

"I always prepare 100 percent for every fight. They only thing that changes is the strategy. Every fighter is different, every fighter brings different skills and you have to adjust for that. For Amir, we have focused on increasing my hand speed, counter punching and preparing for lots of movement and footwork.

"We believe [Amir] will adopt a similar style to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Erislandy Lara; however, we have made sure that I am prepared for that style of boxing and anything he brings to the table to not be surprised on fight night."

The tactics Amir Khan will attempt to employ isn't much of a secret. In fact, Khan has been pretty open about what he needs to do to win, saying that he needs stay mobile for the duration of the fight without losing focus. Whether or not he'll actually be able to do so is another question entirely.

As for Canelo, he not going to talk-up his upcoming performance, he'd rather just show you.

"I don't like to talk trash just to be able to sell fights. What I do is I train hard and do my talking in the ring. I want people to respect me and to follow my fights, not because of what I say but what I do."

The truth is, given most fans general feelings about the bout, it's hard to see Canelo coming out of this fight with more respect than he enters it with - no matter the outcome. Ultimately, his decision after this fight will likely make that determination.

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