ISLAMABAD: Pakistan-origin British boxer Amir Khan believes beating Mexican middleweight star ‘Canelo’ Saul Alvarez would be his biggest achievement in boxing.
Amir is moving up two weight divisions to take on the Mexican star at the MGM Grand in May.
Khan (31-3-KO19) knows he is the underdog as he attempts to become a world champion again, with Alvarez’s WBC title on the line.
And despite reaching the pinnacle of the sport as an amateur and a professional, the 29-year-old believes overcoming Alvarez (46-1-1-KO32) will outshine everything.
“It’s going to be amazing to be called the middleweight world champion and that’s like a dream come true,” Khan told an international sports channel in an interview.
“Even though I achieved a lot in my amateur days and went to the Olympics and also as a professional becoming a two-weight world champion, I still think winning this fight against such a big name in Canelo, and becoming the middleweight champion, will be bigger than anything I’ve done.”
Khan is ready to follow in the footsteps of American former professional boxer, Sugar Ray Leonard, The legendary five-weight world champion moved from welterweight to middleweight to take the
WBC world strap from Marvin Hagler back in 1987.
“I know it can happen, because we’ve seen it happen in the past, when Sugar Ray Leonard took on Marvin Hagler,” said Khan.
“He was in a very similar position to me, where people were saying he was going to get beaten up, get knocked out and get hurt. He was going up two divisions and he went in there and beat Marvin Hagler.
“Sugar Ray Leonard was a great, great fighter but I really believe this is going to take me to up to another level,” he added.