Boxing: Step up no issue for Amir Khan

Canelo Alvarez v Amir Khan Boxing

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Amir Khan says he feels comfortable at middleweight as he bids to claim Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s WBC crown.

The British star is making the step up from welterweight to challenge for the Mexican’s world title and is considered the underdog at 3.60 to claim the win by any method.

The pair will meet at a catchweight of 155lb in a step into the unknown for the former two-time world champion as he moves up two weight classes.

However, Khan revealed he has previously struggled to make the weight and the 29-year-old feels he has all the tools to down Canelo – and in style – when they meet in Las Vegas on May 7.

“I’ve been in training camp for the past six weeks doing strength and conditioning,” Khan told Sky Sports.

“I felt really strong, too big for my weight class, and I’ve been killing myself trying to come down in weight. Maybe it turns out that Amir Khan is meant to be a middleweight.

“This is a great opportunity for the world title up against a great fighter. I am ready, and I believe in myself.

“You have two styles – speed and power (Khan) and strength and explosiveness (Canelo). We both have youth, and we both want to fight the best. On May 7 we will be ready for this, and guess what? I am going to win the middleweight world championship.”

Canelo, 25, is 1.30 to win by any method or 1.57 to win by KO/TKO/DQ/TD. Khan can be backed at 4.20 to win on points and the draw is 23.00.

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