Out of seemingly nowhere, an announcement was made today confirming that newly crowned WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez will defend his title against Englishman Amir Khan on May 7th. The fight is expected to take place in Las Vegas at the new MGM T-Mobile arena.
Other details coming out today suggest that a catch weight of 155lbs will be enforced. Canelo of course won the middleweight title at the same catch weight last November against Miguel Cotto. The actual middleweight limit is 160lbs.
Khan for his part has never fought above 147lbs and was still quite new to the welterweight division, having only had three fights against relatively soft completion. The fact he’s fighting for the middleweight title now is absurd.
The winner is of course ordered to face unified WBA and IBF middleweight champion and boxing’s boogeyman Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin. I would be worried for Khan’s health and mental state if he got so far as to say he’d fight Triple G… but that would be assuming he could get past the much bigger and more active Canelo Alvarez.
As far as name recognition goes, this is one of the biggest fights that can be made in boxing not including Manny Pacquiao or the recently “retired” Floyd Mayweather. The massive Mexican and British fan bases will undoubtedly shell out the cash for this fight in person or at home on PPV, no matter how seemingly mismatched this fight may be.