Canelo vs Khan: Should Rehydration Clause be in Effect?Written by Leroy Cleveland
There will be no hydration clause for Canelo Alvarez vs Amir Khan on May 7.
As a result, many believe the bigger man, Canelo, will gain an even greater advantage despite the 155 lb catchweight limit.
“I don’t think it’s a great move for Khan in having the fight at 155,” said promoter Eddie Hearn told IFL TV. “
Amir Khan will probably walk into the ring between 162 and 165 lbs while Canelo will likely rehydrate from 155 to 175 lbs or as much as 180 lbs.
But keep in mind, Victor Ortiz entered his 2011 welterweight title belt against Floyd Mayweather weighing 164lbs, 17 lbs more than his opponent.
Ortiz's weight advantage was hardly discussed.
And by the time Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito stepped in the ring for their super welterweight title clash Cowboys Stadium, Margarito outweighed Pacquiao by 17 lbs yet was beaten up and beaten down by PacMan.
Even Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, insisted the heavier Margarito was the better it was for them because added weight can make a fighter slower and less limber.
And don't forget Sergio Martinez's sensational performance over 11 rounds to out-move, out-box and out-maneuver Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who enjoyed a sizable weight advantage after rehydrating after the weigh-in.
Rehydration clauses are overrated and one should not be in effect for Canelo vs Khan. Canelo is the champion and the bigger name, and should not have to concede anything, especially after already agreeing to a 155 lb catchweight.
Will Canelo's expected weight advantage make this fight a mis-match? Or will the added weight work against him?