Khan: I’m just too smart and too fast for Al­varez

Bri­ton con­fi­dent of beat­ing Canelo but won’t fight May­weather

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Amir Khan be­lieves that brain and not brawn will help him over­come Saul ‘Canelo’ Al­varez and pull off a ma­jor shock in Las Ve­gas on May 7.

The 29-year-old is seen as a huge un­der­dog hav­ing moved up two weight di­vi­sions to face WBC mid­dleweight cham­pion Al­varez.

The Mex­i­can has lost just one of his pre­vi­ous 48 pro­fes­sional bouts but Khan is con­fi­dent that he can in­flict a sec­ond de­feat on the heavy­handed mid­dleweight.

“It’s the strong­est I’ve been for any fight, hav­ing that lit­tle bit of ex­tra weight can only give me that ex­tra ad­van­tage in get­ting power but the speed is still there,” said Khan.

“This fight will be more men­tal. I have to win it with my brains. I can’t let my courage take over be­cause it could get me in trou­ble, it has in the past, but I’m much smarter and wiser now. “I used to get in­volved in tear-ups and take plenty of risks, like I did against Mar­cos Maidana but I haven’t left my­self open in my last few fights and re­lied on my skills to beat Chris Al­gieri, Devon Alexan­der and Luis Col­lazo on points. “And that’s how I see this fight go­ing. I will be too smart and too fast for him. The more videos I see of Canelo the more con­fi­dent I am I will win this fight and be­come mid­dleweight world cham­pion.” How­ever, Khan stressed that even if he is vic­to­ri­ous he is un­likely to step in the ring with Floyd May­weather, who has hinted in re­cent days that he could be tempted to re­turn to the ring for a “nine­fig­ure” purse.

Khan added: “Do I want to fight Floyd May­weather with all the mess­ing around he’s given me?

“He messed me around a lot so I don’t think I’d take that fight. He messed me around, so I’d prob­a­bly treat him the same way.

“Floyd’s prob­a­bly miss­ing not hav­ing his pic­ture on the MGM. He must see my pic­ture and Canelo’s pic­ture and think, ‘Peo­ple have for­got­ten about me’. As soon as you say you’re re­tired, we do for­get about the peo­ple who say that.

“May­weather’s feel­ing that now, he’s feel­ing like no one’s talk­ing about him, that he’s old news, and maybe that’s why he’s try­ing to get ev­ery­one sup­port­ing him.”

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