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SecondsOut Team Picks: Alvarez Vs Khan

WBC middleweight champion Saul Alvarez defends his title against Britain’s Amir Khan at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas,Nevada on Saturday night. SecondOut’s writers once again put their reputations on the line to predict the outcome.


See below who our writers believe will be victorious.


The overwhelming favourite for this one is Alvarez. All the experts quite rightly argue that he is too big , too smart and too strong for the Briton, who is climbing two weight divisions to challenge for the WBC middleweight crown. Add also that Khan arguably has a weak chin then it is difficult to see how he can topple the popular Mexican icon. A few years go I’d agree but now at age 29 I’m banking on Khan’s more mature approach to focus more on his underated boxing skills and hand speed to shock the world and register a famous victory. I truly believe that if Khan can maintain his discipline and focus more he can outbox Alvarez for long periods. There will be times when has to stand and trade, that’s the nature of the sport, but I’m hoping he will not get suckered into a brawl for long periods. If he does then Alvarez will take him out. Maintaining focus and sticking to his game plan has been his downfall in the past but I’m going to stick my neck out here and predict Khan will produce the fight of his life and claim a famous victory.


Khan pts 12

Clive Bernath




On Saturday night, I see a confident Khan open up a small early lead by using movement and by landing blazing 1-2s.. Canelo will grow frustrated, and begin to miss widely as he abandons his game plan in favor of settling for a Home Run punch. Eventually, Khan’s success will lead to his demise. He’ll get greedy, and after landing a 1-2, he’ll remain in the pocket to try to hurt Canelo, and that is when he’ll get caugh.


Alvarez w ko 11

Jason Pribila






Who’s kidding here? Amir beat Canelo??? Forget it! A good payday and a bad beating.


Alvarez w pts 12

  1. R. Jowett








Khan is tall and long. If he can commit to fighting that way, he can last a few rounds. The prospect of him doing so are unlikely though. Canelo may avoid a blowout to prevent the whole event from becoming a confirmed farce. This fight should end in the first or second. Alvarez will carry Khan a little as long as he doesn’t threaten to win.


Alvarez w ko 3

Derek Bonnett





The media build-up to this fight has been outstanding, in the sense that the hype has managed to persuade many that maybe, just maybe, Khan has a good chance of dethroning Canelo and producing the upset of the year.


I feel that in the aftermath of failing to capture the Mayweather fight, Amir has reached way too high in his egoistic aspirations and will come crashing down to reality within the first few rounds. This could be a very damaging night for Amir Khan. Watch Alvarez dominate from round 2 on and end the fight within the first 6 rounds, setting up a mega fight with Golovkin.


Alvarez w tko 6

William Wade







This will be an interesting fight indeed, Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan do battle at a catchweight set at 155lbs for the WBC middleweight title. Who really has the advantage here? Khan has speed and nice angles, will he have the speed and power needed to beat Canelo Alvarez. Khan is an underdog in this fight and he is ready for the challenge. Canelo Alvarez without a doubt has proven himself in the ring, he has looked impressive his last few fights. This will be a different fight for both fighters, the catchweight may be odd and many fans don’t agree with it, but we have to admit, the fight has potential to be a very entertaining fight. I see Khan giving Canelo trouble in the early rounds, possibly frustrating Canelo with speed and angles. It will take a few rounds, but Canelo will figure out Khan and make adjustments. A couple of Canelo’s strong points are patience and making adjustments, I think he learned both patience and making adjustments after his loss to Mayweather. In the end, I see Canelo dominating the second half of the fight, Khan’s speed will allow him to land some blows, but Canelo will manage to take the blows and counter with a devasting shot that will drop Khan in the later rounds. Canelo wins by TKO in round 10.


Alvarez w tko 10

Ron Valderrama







Canelo Alvarez-Amir Khan is the best fight Golden Boy could’ve made at this point in time. Everyone is anticipating a middleweight showdown between Canelo and Triple G, which we could likely see in the near future. Canelo has most of the physical advantages going into this fight but will have a fast boxer in Khan looking to pick his shots and dethrone the WBC champ. Khan’s hand speed is his best attrribute and he has settled in more using his fast feet in more controlled spurts. That could be a problem if he stays in the pocket against Canelo like he’s done in previous losses. I’m going with Canelo by late TKO after a somewhat competitive 6 or 7 rounds.


Alvarez w tko 11

Derek Gionta

Pittsburgh, PA




’m very excited looking at the upcoming Khan vs Canelo fight. Many people disregard its competitiveness on the ground of the fight moving to the middleweight class. I agree this poses certain additional challenge to Khan, but I’m still determined he has excellent chances to win. I believe it’s going to be a long tactical fight with Canelo facing no less challenge than in his most competitive clashes with Floyd Mayweather Jr and Miguel Cotto.


I see Khan going through a very important stage in his career with Virgil Hunter, who played great role in helping Amir Khan to show his best in his fights against Carlos Molina, Julio Diaz, Luis Collazo, Devon Alexander and Chris Algieri. Khan’s speed, tactical wisdom, overall condition proved that he fully recovered from his unfortunate losses to Petersen and Danny Garcia. When people argue that Alvarez steps in the ring far too big for Amir Khan, they forget how small is Miguell Cotto, the older man who is dwarfed by Amir Khan in terms of speed, reach and tactical versatility, but still fought competitive fight against Canelo.


Amir Khan quite appreciates what a landmark this fight is for him career and money wise. His arsenal is rich and versatile enough to keep the bully at bay in the first rounds, to slowdown Canelo later on in the fight and to sustain good pace, hold initiative and land damaging punches in the championship rounds. Khan’s improved defense skills will be the key to the victory in this fight. I’m determined Khan is future hall-of-famer and is bound to shock the world with the victory over Canelo!


Khan w pts 12

Dmytro Mossienko





Speed versus power" is being thrown around far too much in regard to Saturday’s bout, in my humble opinion. Amir Khan does not have the fastest hands in boxing and his last knockout victory was half a decade ago when he questionably tagged Zab Judah below the waistline. In order to even come close to eking out a shock victory, he’ll have to be as technical as possible with Canelo Alvarez. "King" Khan will almost have to use the same strategy as Floyd Mayweather, Jr. did a few years ago. He’ll need to outwork Canelo by way of a steady jab, superb footwork and head movement.


It’s a clear as crystal given that he cannot stand and trade with Alvarez at any point in time, as the first touch of Canelo’s power shots could be the end of the night. Ultimately, Canelo will be too much. Khan will understand somewhere through the middle rounds that he’ll have to add more aggression and chance taking to gain points and in doing so, he’ll get tagged one time too many.


Much like Julio Cesar Chavez and Oscar De La Hoya in the past, Canelo Alvarez has turned Las Vegas into his town and there’s no way a WBC (or any other) title will change hands by way of a decision for Khan, especially when a titanic potential matchup with Gennady Golovkin looms on the horizon.


The Englishman will give his all but find that speed isn’t enough.


Canelo TKO 9

Marc Livitz






Alvarez = 7

Khan = 2


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