Amir Khan targets pound-for-pound crown

Amir Khan v Saul Alvarez Boxing

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Bolton’s Amir Khan believes he will become the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world if he beats Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on May 7.

The Olympic silver medallist will face his toughest opponent to date in Las Vegas at the new T-Mobile Arena next month.

Khan will fight at middleweight for the first time but he insists he is feeling strong at his new weight. Despite his claims, he will go into the fight as the underdog, with Alvarez only losing once in his career so far.

However, Khan is adamant that his work with trainer Virgil Hunter will pay off as he looks to pull off a shock win.

He told reporters: “It’s been very different this time around. This camp has to be one of the hardest training camps I’ve had.

“This is probably my fifth fight under Virgil. We’re getting to know each other even better. He knows what to improve on. He knows how to work me. We are bonding better now than ever.

“This is a massive fight, fighting Canelo. He is a big name around the world. Beating Canelo will definitely take me back to the top where I want to be.

“I’ve always dreamed of being one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, and I think by beating Canelo that will definitely get me there. That is why I took this fight.”

Khan is currently priced at 3.60 to win, with the draw available at 26.00, while Alvarez is the heavy favourite at odds of 1.30.

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