Khan targets pound-for-pound recognition with Alvarez scalp


Amir Khan says victory over Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez can help him become recognised as boxing's pound-for-pound king.

The British fighter squares off with the dangerous Alvarez for the Mexican's WBC middleweight title in Las Vegas on May 7 in one of the most anticipated bouts of the year.

Khan has never fought above welterweight, but the 29-year-old is confident he has what it takes to spring an upset on Alvarez.

"This is a massive fight, fighting Canelo. He is a big name around the world. Beating Canelo will definitely take me back to the top where I want to be," Khan said at a media workout.

"I've always dreamed of being one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, and I think by beating Canelo that will definitely get me there. That is why I took this fight.

"We are going to have to use the right game plan towards what Canelo will bring in the ring that day. 

"We will have to be very focused in this fight. What beats Canelo in my eyes is speed, and movement, skill and boxing IQ, so that's what we are going to be using."

Alvarez's only career defeat in 48 fights came against Floyd Mayweather Jr in September 2013.

But Khan, who has won 31 and lost three of 34 professional fights, feels his blossoming working relationship with trainer Virgil Hunter can prove crucial in adding another 'L' on Alvarez's record.

"It's been very different this time around. This camp has to be one of the hardest training camps I've had," Khan added.

"Strength conditioning, the boxing and sparring have been different. I'm being pushed to the limit every time. I've trained very hard this time and I'm going to go into the fight very strong.

"This is probably my fifth fight under Virgil. We're getting to know each other even better. He knows what to improve on. He knows how to work me. We are bonding better now than ever."