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Amir “King” Khan will be taking on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday night in what is undoubtedly the biggest fight of his boxing career.
The match-up between the pair, set to take place in Las Vegas’ new T-Mobile Arena, was met with plenty of controversy—so much so that the WBC was forced to defend its prized middleweight title fight in an unconventional move reflective of the chagrin expressed from boxing fans the world over.
The most contentious issue with this fight is the fact it will be fight for Canelo’s WBC, The Ring magazine, and lineal title contested at a catchweight of 155lbs, well below the middleweight limit of 160lbs. This is the first time Khan will be fighting as a middleweight—in the loosest sense possible—despite not being close to a world title shot at his home at the welterweight limit.
In fact, Khan was a world champion as a light welterweight—three weight classes below Canelo’s middleweight berth. The distinct difference between the respective weight classes of boxing and MMA is that the middleweight limit of 160lbs means you can’t fight as a middleweight above that marker, but there aren’t any stipulations that limit what weight you are below that 160lbs amount. For instance, it doesn’t matter if you weighed in at 135lbs as a lightweight competing for a middleweight title—as long as it’s under 160lbs, it’s all good.
This is a fight that made little sense besides a big payday for both men and is truly indicative of the issues that arise in this splintered era of boxing we find ourselves following. There’s no doubting the financial interest here—Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions are predicting a pay-per-view buy rate of over 2 million.
Despite the obvious issues that surface when fighting a talented man much ….View full article