Khan pledges to give Alvarez a lesson in the ring

Thu May 5, 2016 2:55pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) - Challenger Amir Khan readily accepts that he is a huge underdog for his WBC middleweight title clash with Mexican Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in Las Vegas on Saturday but has promised to give his much bigger opponent "a boxing lesson".

Englishman Khan has moved up two weight divisions to take on the flame-haired Mexican, whose only loss in 48 professional fights was to undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2013.

"I'm not supposed to win," Khan told reporters while preparing for an eagerly anticipated fight scheduled to go 12 rounds at the T-Mobile Arena. "I'm a guy who's supposed to walk in and get beaten.

"But I'm not going to let that happen. It's about being disciplined. I can't lose focus. I haven't respected the guys who've hurt me (in the past). Knowing you can be hurt, your defense is sharper.

"This is a huge fight, as Canelo is a star in Mexico and America. I know I'm here as the underdog, but I'm ready to win and take this WBC belt back to my home in England."

Khan (31-3, 19 knockouts) is a two-time former world champion and has oozed confidence in Las Vegas this week despite not having fought since his unanimous decision over American Chris Algieri nearly a year ago.

"I wouldn't have taken this fight if I didn't think I could take it," said the 29-year-old from Bolton. "I have trained for everything and worked on my speed and my power.

"A win against Canelo would be one of the biggest wins of my career because he is a superstar, especially on this Cinco de Mayo weekend in front of everyone.   Continued...

Boxing - Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez & Amir Khan Head-to-Head Press Conference - The Park Plaza Riverbank, London - 29/2/16
Amir Khan poses before the press conference
Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Couldridge