Canelo vs Khan prediction: David Haye solidly behind BritWritten by Leroy Cleveland
With each passing week, more fighters, trainers and other experts in the boxing community are giving British welterweight Amir Khan a chance to defeat middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez on May 7.
BoxingScene.com's Declan Taylor recently discussed Canelo vs Khan with top-level heavyweight David Haye who made a bold prediction.
"A lot of people out there are fearing for his health," Haye, also from the U.K.,told BoxingScene.com.
"He's been knocked out three weight divisions below this, so they feel he's got no chance."
"A lot of people are dismissing him, a lot of people feel it's a mismatch, but I'm of the complete opposite opinion."
"I believe this fight is going to cement his legacy as one of the greatest fighters of our generation, because he's such an underdog, because he's not a world champion currently, but he's going to go up and fight a champion at his weight."
Many in the boxing community, including fans, have voiced their displeasure over Canelo vs Khan, insisting Amir, a blown-up welterweight, lacks the size and strength to compete with Canelo.
For instance, fight legend and four division world champion Erik Morales questions Khan's chin and ability to contain a bigger man.
Canelo vs Khan
Titles: WBC, RING Magazine
Catchweight: 155 lbs
Date: May 7
Venue: T-Mobile Arena
Location: Las Vegas
TV: HBO PPV (U.S.)
"It's a difficult fight as it is difficult to determine whether or not the speed of Khan will give Canelo any problems because [Canelo] isn't that fast," Morales told ESPN Deportes.
"[But] I don't see the fight going more than four rounds," Morales predicted.
But Floyd Mayweather was considerably smaller than Canelo and Manny Pacquiao was much smaller than Antonio Margarito. Sugar Ray Leonard was dwarfed by Donny LaLonde and Roberto Duran was naturally smaller than Iran Barkley.
And Roy Jones dominated a much larger John Ruiz while Evander Holyfield, a puffed-up cruiserweight, defeated a slew of top, much-larger heavyweights.
It's not terribly uncommon for a great little man to defeat a very good big man. On occasion, it happens.
... And no one seemed to have a problem with Mayweather, Pacquiao, Jones, Whitaker and Holyfield fighting much larger opponents.