Sport "Desperate" Amir Khan on why he fought Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez

17:00  16 april  2018
17:00  16 april  2018 Source:   Read Sport

"Desperate" Amir Khan on why he fought Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez

  Former World Champion Amir Khan admits his bold move up to the middleweight to challenge Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez was made from desperation in his efforts to have a super fight. Khan revealed that his attempts to have matches with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao left him impatient for a big-name bout, prompting him to quickly agree to the Alvarez match for the WBC title.

Before this fight , Khan hadn’t fought since last year in May, when he struggled to defeat a bulked up Chris Algieri. “I want to be the best, and I want to fight the best. That is why I took this fight .” Boxing news: Canelo vs. Khan , Canelo - Khan , Amir Khan , Saul Alvarez .

Khan will be Alvarez 's first opponent since he beat Miguel Cotto on a unanimous points decision.

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Former World Champion Amir Khan admits his bold move up to the middleweight to challenge Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez was made from desperation in his efforts to have a super fight.

Khan revealed that his attempts to have matches with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao left him impatient for a big-name bout, prompting him to quickly agree to the Alvarez match for the WBC title.

Related: Khan: I'm feeling nervous (Sky Sports)

Speaking on Amir Khan: Off Limits, he said: “There’s fights I’ve wanted, like for example the Floyd Mayweather fight, that was talked about for years and years, and didn’t happen. The Manny Pacquiao fight, which was talked about and didn’t happen. The reason I took the ‘Canelo’ fight is because I got quite desperate.”

Khan curiosity after 'long time' out

  Khan curiosity after 'long time' out Amir Khan has admitted his two-year absence is significant and claims he is "itching" to rediscover his old skills. Khan returns in Liverpool this Saturday, live on Sky Sports, against Phil Lo Greco in his first fight since suffering a knockout loss to Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in 2016."I can't wait to get in the ring and see how I am, as a fighter, after two years," Khan told Sky Sports News at Tuesday's public workout."Two years is a long time to be out of the ring. In those two years I was always watching videos of my old fights, improving as a fighter.

Amir Khan says he will defeat Saul ‘ Canelo ’ Alvarez He admits Alvarez is a strong fighter They will face each other on May 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) said he will prove the people wrong by beating WBC middleweight champion Saul ‘ Canelo ’ Alvarez (46-1-1, 32

Saul ' Canelo ' Alvarez stands over a floored Amir Khan after unleashing a quite brutal right-hander to end the fight in the sixth. Alvarez lands with a potent overhand right to put Khan on the canvas and end his hopes of snatching the WBC middleweight title.

Amir Khan wearing a football uniform: Canelo Alvarez v Amir Khan © Christian Petersen/Getty Images Sport Canelo Alvarez v Amir Khan

He also said that the decision was based on his ambition and dream to have a super fight and his name on the Vegas strip.

Almost two years since his last match, the knockout loss to Alvarez, Khan is making his return to the ring. This Saturday when he faces Phil Lo Greco and he insists there are no mental scars left from the last match.

“I’ve been knocked out before and I’ve come back from it, winning world titles.”

However, he also admitted to having concerns over his future in boxing after his hand surgery.

“My hand was always bad. I was quite scared to get it operated on. After the Canelo fight, I decided to get it fixed properly. It took me a little bit longer to recover from the hand op than it should have. At one stage I did think that maybe this is it.”

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