Khan doing really well in training camp, says Garcia
By Dan Ambrose: Well-known trainer Robert Garcia says a source of his in Amir Khan’s camp is saying that the 29-year-old Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) is doing really well in preparing for his May 7 fight against WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) for their fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Khan is bulking up and adding a lot of muscles to his upper body to help him prepare for the size of the hulking 175lb Canelo. Khan says he expects to be 165lbs on the night when he gets inside the ring with Canelo. If Canelo does have a weight advantage in this fight, then it will only be 10 pounds unless he bulks up to the 180s, which is entirely possible.
“I talk to people very close to that training camp over there with Khan,” said Garcia to Fighthype. “They told me that things are going very, very well with Khan. He’s big, he’s fast, still has the speed and the power. I think it’s going to be a good fight. I don’t think it’s going to be easy. I think Khan’s going to give him some trouble, but eventually, I think Canelo’s going to win,” said Garcia.
It’s going to be a tough fight for Canelo if he can’t KO Khan because he’ll need to deal with his fast hands, and quick movements around the ring. Khan isn’t a huge puncher, but he’s capable of landing a lot of stinging shots that could open up some cuts on the face of Canelo. We saw how Canelo’s face turned red and bruised up from the shots that Floyd Mayweather Jr. landed in their fight in 2013.
Khan can punch at least as hard as Mayweather if not harder. Canelo wasn’t comfortable getting hit by Mayweather shots. Miguel Cotto also gave Canelo problems in their last fight in November last year. Cotto would have won the fight if he had boxed Canelo for the full 12 rounds instead of devoting some of the crucial rounds in trying to trade shots with him.
There’s been photos of Khan that has turned up recently showing him with huge muscles. Some people think those were Photoshop fakes, but it’s hard to know for sure. Khan is definitely putting on size for this fight because he can eat well and not focus his camp on reducing his weight like he’s had to do in the past. If Khan can come into the fight between 165 and 170, Canelo could have a very tough fight on his hands. It doesn’t matter than khan doesn’t have major power. His speed will make his shots hurt, and Canelo hasn’t been hit a lot lately because most of his fights have been mismatches recently against James Kirkland, Cotto and Alfredo Angulo.
If Khan can pull off an upset in this fight, it’s going to hurt Canelo’s career in a big way because he’s got a shot at getting a fight against Manny Pacquiao if he doesn’t retire after his clash this Saturday night against Tim Bradley.
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