Considered one of the biggest boxing events in 2016, the Amir Khan vs. Saul Alvarez fight is going to decide the WBC middleweight world champion. The match is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 7 at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, USA.
Being the current WBC middleweight world champion, Saul Alvarez starts this fight as the favourite. For the 25 years old Mexican superstar, the upcoming match represents his first time as the defender of his champion title which he won after defeating Miguel Cotto in November 2015 at Mandalay Bay.
With Oscar De La Hoya as his promoter, Alvarez is known for his nice knockouts, refined technique, and durable physique. During his career, the current middleweight champion has defeated several big name boxers like Erislandy Lara, Matthew Hatton or Luciano Leonel Cuello just to name a few. His current record stands at 46 wins out of 48 total fights with 32 wins by KO. His only defeat was against Floyd Mayweather in a fight which was lost after 12 rounds by majority decision.
Regarding the upcoming event, Alvarez declared:
“As the middleweight champion of the world, I will take on the best fighters in the sport and on Cinco de Mayo [Spanish for May 5th] weekend, I look forward to making the first defence of my title.”
For this contest, Alvarez has a guaranteed purse of $10 million and an extra $2 for every pay-per-view sold if the total PPV buys reaches over 500,000. This puts his total earnings at around $12 to $15 million.
The challenger for the WBC middleweight title, Amir “King” Khan, enters this battle as the underdog. Considered the boxer with the quickest hands in this sport, the 29 years old British fighter is known for having an effective boxing style which consists of overwhelming his opponents with great speed and amount of punches.
A two-time former world champion, Khan, is the current holder of the WBC Silver welterweight title and at the age of 17 became the youngest British Olympic boxing medalist by winning the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. With a boxing record of 31 wins out 34 total fights and 19 wins by KO, Khan is confident he can win this duel as he declared:
“I’m up against a guy who is a great fighter. Alvarez is a dangerous fighter, he’s strong. I know I can take his power, take his speed and I really have the tools to win this fight.”
Khan vs. Alvarez betting tips
For the upcoming clash against Alvarez, Amir Khan has a guaranteed purse of $6 million but no pay-per-view shares.
Regarding betting opportunities, the most popular bet markets offered by major bookmakers are:
- outright winner,
- method of victory
- round betting
- total rounds
Outright winner. Despite his amazing speed, it will be difficult for Khan to win this match since he is used to fighting opponents in a different weight class. In fact, the catch weight for this fight is set at 155 lb which forced the British boxer to accumulate 8 pounds to compete. Besides this disadvantage, Khan had his last fight a year ago on 29 May 2015.
Our prediction is Saul Alvarez to win.
Method of winning. Since Alvarez has a 67% knockout ratio, it is highly possible for the fight to stop before its natural conclusion.
Khan vs. Alvarez odds
It is important to acknowledge the odds of each player in order to place smart bets. All major bookmakers have listed the odds for this WBC event. In order to make things easier for you, we selected the best ones for you.
If you decide to bet online, we recommend providers like SkyBet, Sportingbet and Betfair. The chances of winning attributes to Saul Alvarez are 3/10, 1/4, and 1/4. Amir Khan, on the other hand, received the following odds: 11/8, 14/5, and 14/5. You can also bet on a draw as Ladbrokes and Unibet offer odds of 33, 25, and 20.