WBC, Ring Magazine, and Lineal Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) will take on Britain's two-time former world champion Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) in a classic speed versus power matchup when they meet in the ring on May 7 at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Such a high profile bout has garnered significant interest among the journalists who regularly cover the sweet science. Here are some of their predictions below:
Dougie Fisher, RingTV
"Canelo by TKO in 10 rounds. I think it's going to take Canelo some time to catch Khan. I think he will have trouble with khan's speed and mobility. I think in the early rounds he will be surprised by Khan's power. I think Khan will earn respect in the early rounds. I think Canelo will gradually work his way in the middle rounds."
Mario Gandara, TheDailySportsHerald.com
"Canelo is going to catch Khan in the later rounds. I am guessing a tenth round KO."
Brian Campbell, ESPN.com
"Khan's speed and technical skill will keep him in the fight and present interesting tactical questions for Alvarez to answer. Ultimately, however, the combination of Canelo's power and Khan's suspect chin will lead to a knockout finish."
Tim Dahlberg, Associated Press
"Canelo is on a roll now and eager to prove the Cinco de Mayo date is really his, not Mayweather's. He was impressive against Cotto and seems to have accepted the loss to Mayweather as normal growing pains for a young fighter. Khan is moving up in weight and in competition, and fast hands only take you so far. I like Canelo in a dominating performance, stopping Khan in the middle rounds in the first fight at T-Mobile Arena."
Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times
"Amir Khan has appeared to have effectively trained and analyzed properly the best way to defeat Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, but weight classes are created for a reason. So by the end of the ninth round, expect the naturally bigger middleweight champion from Mexico to have landed enough punches on former 140-pounder Khan to force the fight's stoppage."
Mike Elliott, TheDailySportsHerald.com
"Khan's superior hand speed will cause problems early, but the poised Alvarez will adjust to that speed within three rounds. Once that happens, expect the stronger Canelo to take over the bout. If Canelo walks down the smaller Khan -- something Canelo typically does not do -- than expect a knockout win for Alvarez. Most likely, however, Canelo will elect to box technically from the outside, prevailing via unanimous decision thanks to his combinations and power shots.
Steve Kim, UCNLive.com
"The fight is a sprint, not a marathon. Even though Khan has speed, Canelo is a very sound fighter. I predict the fight ends Saul Alvarez TKO round seven."
Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports
"Canelo TKO9 Khan -- I certainly don't discount Khan's ability to win this fight, as he has a lot of talent and a very good trainer who no doubt will come up with an excellent game plan. But Canelo is not simply a slugger. He can box, too, and he's the far bigger, more powerful man. Khan has had issues in the past with his chin, and that's going to be a factor in this fight. He'll have to walk a tightrope and avoid being hit flush, which I'm not sure he can do. I expect Canelo to wear Khan down, slow him down and stop him in the latter part of the fight."
Bernard Hopkins, Future Hall of Famer Boxer and Golden Boy business partner
"I like Canelo in the fight. He'll have a bit of difficulty early, but he'll calm Amir's speed down and make it a fight from inside and not a fight from distance. I like a Canelo knockout in the 10th or 11th round - TKO."
Dan Rafael, ESPN.com
"Canelo is bigger, stronger and younger and while I think Khan will give it a great effort and be more competitive than some think he might be, Canelo will win by knockout in the middle rounds."
Francisco Cuevas, NBC Deportes
"I think Canelo will win by knockout in six rounds. I think that Canelo will dominate the fight. He has the power and has shown a lot of improvement in his defense, and Amir Khan has been knocked down before several times. I think that it will be challenging for Canelo in the first and second rounds and after that he will dominate."
Bob Velin, USA Today
"Canelo by knockout in round seven. Amir Khan is one on the quickest fighters in the world today, and we know what happened to Canelo Alvarez against a quick, slick fighter like Floyd Mayweather. However, Canelo has come a long way since then, has prepared and knows what to expect with Khan's quick hands. His power will be too much for Khan, fighting at 155 for the first time. Khan will stick and move and be able to avoid the big punch through six rounds, but his suspect chin will not stand up to Canelo's power once the lineal middleweight champ finally catches him."
Jeff Powell, Daily Mail
"At the early time of asking, I say Khan by decision but it's a close call between speed and power, which some factors could affect in the coming days."
Bernardo Osuna, ESPN Deportes
"I believe Canelo will take down Khan with a TKO in round nine."
Gavin Glicksman, The Sun
"Khan has craved a super-fight for years and is determined to write his name into the history books with what will go down as one of the biggest upsets in boxing if he wins. It's a massive ask, and there is the fear he will be stopped if Canelo lures him into a tear-up, but I believe his fast hands and footwork will see him take the champion the distance. As long as he follows Virgil Hunter's game plan to the letter and boxes smart, Khan claims the WBC world middleweight title on points."
Chris McKenna, Daily Star
"I am obviously hoping that speed prevails and Amir Khan comes out on top on May 7 for Britain, but he is going to have to be very disciplined. This will be one of Khan's best performances, but I think it will be tough to get the decision in Las Vegas. The power of Canelo may be just too much, and I believe the Mexican will win by a close decision on the cards."
Robby Kalland, CBSSports.com
"Canelo over Khan by unanimous decision. I think Canelo Alvarez will come out on top with a unanimous decision victory over Amir Khan on May 7. I expect the fight to be fairly even early, but Alvarez's power and skill will eventually wear down the speed of Khan leading to Canelo pulling away on the cards in the latter half of the bout. Alvarez showed against Miguel Cotto what he can do against a smaller fighter, walking through Cotto's power punches. I don't see Khan's power bothering Canelo either, which will allow him to walk down Khan and get in range to deliver power shots of his own."
Salvador Rodríguez, ESPNDEPORTES.com
"I expect a Canelo knockout in the middle rounds. It should be a short fight but explosive. Khan's chances are minimum but he has speed and a high IQ. Canelo has the moment and the timing to punish and finish him by the sixth or seventh round. So I bet absolutely for Canelo's power on this mega-event."
Richard Damerell, Sky Sports
"Amir Khan's hand speed and also speed of foot will cause problems for Saul Alvarez from the opening bell. Alvarez's advantage in power might even work against him, and he could be a touch too eager in his pursuit of a knockout. Khan must stay disciplined throughout, which has been a problem in the past, but I think he will overcome a few scares to claim a stunning upset win."
Eduard Cauich, HOY Los Angeles
"I think Canelo with catch Khan in rounds six through eight."
Steve Carp, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Canelo TKO in round nine. This will be a classic case of a good big man being better than a good little man. I expect Khan to try and outbox Canelo and use his speed. But eventually, Canelo will find the range and though Khan has a better chin now than in the past, Canelo's power will eventually do him in and force a stoppage."
Jorge Ebro, Miami Herald
"In my opinion, Canelo will be the winner of this fight. It is true than Khan is fast, but he is no match to Canelo's power. When Canelo starts to hurt him with his uppers, that will be the beginning of the end for the English warrior. Canelo will win in six rounds by knockout."
Ricardo López Juárez, La Opinión
"Canelo by knockout by the seventh round. I think it's going to be a competitive fight but eventually Canelo's power will make a difference. There will be a size, weight and power difference."
Miguel Maravilla, Fight News
"I believe Canelo will win. He is a bigger fighter and a better puncher. He will stop Khan with a TKO between rounds eight and 10."
David Avila, The Sweet Science
"Canelo by decision. I think it will be a technical fight. I think Khan will realize he can't exchange too freely with Canelo. I don't think Canelo will chase him too much but he will wear him down and he will win by close decision."
George Gigney, Boxing News Magazine
"Canelo's power and size are huge factors in this fight, but I also think his timing will help him win. In recent fights we've seen Canelo display some very smart counter-punching, and he's able to offset his opponent's speed advantages by catching them at the right times. I think Khan will get off to a bright start, using angles and his blurring hand speed to keep Canelo quiet for a few rounds but eventually Alvarez will find his range and begin to open up. Canelo's work to the body is also likely to play a factor and will slow Khan down in the second half of the fight, bringing down the pace to one more comfortable for Canelo. I think Khan will frustrate Canelo at times and make this fight more difficult than expected, but my pick is for Canelo to win a comfortable decision on the cards."
Gary Andrew Poole, The Guardian
"Khan's greatest asset is his attacking speed, and to win he will need to put his speed to work quickly because his defensive tactics and chin are seriously suspect. I see Canelo winning. Three major factors point to a Cannel knockout victory: the Mexican superstar has more power (67 percent KO rate vs. 56 percent). Of late, Alvarez, 25, has fought more quality opponents: the last three Alvarez opponents were Erislandy Lara, James Kirkland, and Miguel Cotto; Khan's last three were Luis Collazo, Devon Alexander and Chris Algieri. And, finally, Canelo smartly set a 155-pound catch-weight because it will make his power punches more devastating. Khan, 29, is a very good lightweight who has tried to chase bigger purses in the welterweight division. Rising yet another eight pounds will be a bridge too far and Canelo-if he can withstand an early assault-will break him down and knock him out. If Canelo wins, the world hopes he will face Gennady Golovkin in the fall."
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services