British boxer Amir Khan has claimed that he will become boxing's pound-for-pound champion and top dog after he defeats Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. The 29-year-old former Olympic silver medalist and light-welterweight champion , will take on WBC Middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena on 7 May 2016.
Khan, who will jump two weight divisions to participate in this fight, is convinced that with Floyd Mayweather's retirement and Manny Pacquiao 's waning powers, he will become the biggest name in boxing once he beats Alvarez.
"Look, by winning this fight I will become boxing's biggest name," said Khan as quoted by the Mirror. "Mayweather has gone, Pacquiao has gone, so this is my opportunity to become the best fighter out there, pound-for-pound.
"You have to give Canelo credit, he is probably number one at the moment. Being a boxing fan myself and by being around the boxing business, I can see he is a massive name around the world. But, by beating him, it would take me to a different level," he added.
Speaking about the difference in size – as compared to Alvarez – who he met while announcing the fight, the British boxer said that Alvarez may have been surprised. He added, "For him to see me, standing next to me, he was thinking , Wait, Amir Khan isn't that small-maybe I've got my hands full here."
"I used to go down two weights to make fights, but I will be in the ring at about 165lb and that is what he claims he will weigh on the night, so where is the size difference? It's the speed and the movement that can beat him. He's dangerous, very dangerous, but he has got quite flat feet and I just know I've got everything on my side."
"Listen, I've got this fight, I'm telling you I'm going to win this fight. "Britain has produced a lot of great champions, but I want to be up there as one of the best ever -to be called one of the greatest of all time," he stressed.
Amir could well have his hands full on 7 May, as Alvarez has lost only once in 48 professional fights. The only loss coming at the hands of boxing legend Floyd Mayweather.