Boxing

Khan is aiming to win with rounds to spare to avoid any doubt .

Amir Khan knows he needs a convincing performance against Saul Alvarez

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

Amir Khan is convinced he is going to have to "clearly" defeat Saul Alvarez if he is to stand a chance of earning a decision from the judges in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

The 29-year-old has stepped up two weight divisions to challenge WBC middleweight champion Alvarez at a catchweight of 155lbs at the new T-Mobile Arena - and he remains the underdog by quite some margin.

Alvarez's advantages in size and power already mean Khan has much to overcome, and he is fighting Mexico's most popular fighter on the weekend of Mexican holiday 'Cinco de Mayo.' It should not be overlooked that the champion is a massive attraction in Las Vegas.

SIGN UP NOW

Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4

Article continues below

Alvarez' Vegas record 

It was in Las Vegas that Alvarez was inexplicably awarded a score of 114-114 from judge CJ Ross when he dropped a majority decision to Floyd Mayweather on a night he was clearly outboxed, and also where he was awarded a split decision win over Erislandy Lara when many observers believe he lost.

If there was an argument for Alvarez defeating Lara it came in his superior aggression and Khan recognises he cannot risk being as indecisive as the Cuban.

Article continues below

The Briton said: "I really have to win it quite clearly. It's not about winning it closely.

"I want to win it and I don't want people thinking 'Oh, it was a close fight, it could have gone either way'.

"I want to win it clearly, winning it with a couple of rounds at least. I'm also the 'away' fighter."

Boxing smart 

Much of Khan's reputation has been built on an entertaining, speed-based, high-intensity style, and the accepted wisdom is that his greatest chance of victory comes in focusing on his speed.

Where he has in the past often been guilty of rushing, however, Khan insists his next bout will at times more reflect "a game of chess" - and is also wary that as the smaller fighter, needing to evade Alvarez's power, he will have to preserve his energy to last the full 12 rounds.

Rolling Stone Live SF With Talent Resources - Arrivals

"It's going to be like a game of chess at times," he said. "He's going to be putting a lot of pressure on me, pushing me back, but we just have to be smart in there.

"There are a few things we're going to be doing differently in this fight. The feinting, the movement - but movement's not in the sense where we're going to be running around the ring, it's about making the right moves.

"I don't want to be burning too much energy. Will I have that much energy by running away all 12 rounds? I'm going to have to stand there at times and trade with him."

Can Amir Khan win in Vegas? Have your say in the comments. 

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
David Haye
Saul Alvarez
Amir Kahn
Carl Froch
Manny Pacquiao
Boxing
Floyd Mayweather

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again