Boxing Picks: Amir Khan vs. Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez Betting Preview

Jake Walker

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 9:54 PM GMT

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 9:54 PM GMT

Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya recently announced that on May 7, lineal middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KO) will defend his middleweight championship against Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KO). Let's take a look at the boxing odds.

Khan Finally Gets His Wish
Khan has spent years trying to fight against Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather and now he will finally partake in a real superfight. The event is rumored to take place at the new 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which is slated to open in April.

After the Khan vs. Alvarez bout was announced yesterday, many dismissed the challenger's chances and many boxing experts suggested that Gennady Golovkin vs. Dominic Wade, which takes place a few weeks earlier, will be a more compelling fight.

The early boxing odds for 'Canelo' Alvarez vs. Khan have the champion at between -325 and -400 depending on where you look and Khan is at around +250 and +325.

Over the years, Khan has drawn excisive criticism from fans who focus too much on his early career loss to Breidis Prescott and his upset defeat to Danny Garcia (still undefeated) that happened over three years ago. 

Amir Khan doesn't fear Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, make no mistake about it. Don't forget that he has tried to fight against the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather and Timothy Bradley, going as far as to literally pander to Mayweather, all because he truly believes that he can beat all of them. 

There's probably a reason why Khan never got the chance to face Pacquiao, Mayweather or Bradley? 

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Risky Opponent For Alvarez?
Amir Khan is not an easy opponent, as many experts and fans suggest. If he's not tough to beat then why was he side-stepped by Pacquiao, Mayweather and Bradley, who preferred to face the likes of Chris Algieri, Robert Guerrero, Andre Berto and Brandon Rios instead?

Khan will be a sure underdog against 'Canelo' Alvarez, but as long as he isn't as over-confident as he was against Danny Garcia then we can expect him to surprise us.

It is said that styles can make fights and Khan's speed and athleticism can give anyone problems because of how he fights. That, along with his confidence, the chip on his shoulders because of everything that is said of him and his well-known desire for a big fight is why I think that Alvarez will not have a walk in the park against Khan.

 

Final Analysis
By now you probably know that bigger isn't always better in boxing, which can't be ignored with fighters as fast as Floyd Mayweather and Amir Khan.

Khan will land some shots on 'Canelo' Alvarez. But can Alvarez connect a speedy boxer like Khan? Floyd Mayweather's size and speed helped neutralize Alvarez's power and aggression. Khan will study that fight and find a way to exploit Canelo's weaknesses and land punches from long and medium range. 

Saul Alvarez winning via an early knockout is a possibility, true, but at +385, there's too much betting value on Khan for my boxing picks. This will be an intriguing fight, even if many underestimate Khan's chances. 

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Boxing Pick: Khan +385
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