By Sarabjit Sandhu: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is picking WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) to dispatch Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) in their fight in eight days from now on May 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hearn is predicting a Canelo victory by an 8th round knockout in their fight on HBO PPV.
Hearn does think Khan can give Canelo problems in the fight with his hand speed, but ultimately when the two of them do exchange punches, Hearn suspects that Khan will get knocked out.
“I hope he [Khan] wins the fight. I think he can cause Canelo problems. I just think when they choose to engage he’s going to get knocked out by the bigger man,” said Hearn to the Thaboxingvoice.com. “I think Canelo will stop him within 8 rounds.”
It’s difficult to know whether Hearn actually believes what he says or if he’s just making the comments due to him not being happy that Khan chose to ignore his fighter IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook for a summer clash in a stadium. Hearn has been talking up a fight between Brook and Khan for years now, hoping that Khan would eventually show enough interest to fight his guy Brook. But instead of Khan taking the fight, he’s shown annoyance at Hearn’s name dropping and it appears to have hardened Khan’s stance to not waste his time in fighting Brook.
Hearn also hasn’t helped matters with his continuous soft match making that he’s done for Brook since he started promoting him six years ago. Hearn got Brook as a fighter with an inflated record and no solid wins over talented fighters in the 147lb division, and he’s kept that trend going by only matching him against weaker opponents. The only good fighter that Brook has fought in his entire 12-year pro career was Shawn Porter, who Brook used a constant clinching to beat.
Porter now knows how to defeat fighters that hold all night long like Brook did with him, but Brook doesn’t want to fight Porter a second time. You can understand why. Brook would have to actually fight Porter if they fought each other a second time and I don’t think Brook can do that. He would need to hold, and that wouldn’t work.
Canelo will definitely be the favorite in this fight against Khan, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to win the fight. Khan could surprise the red-haired fighter.