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Golden Boy Boxing/YouTube The two will fight on 7 May.
# Title match
Amir Khan will take on Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez for the WBC middleweight title
The bout will take place in May.

HE MAY HAVE spent the past six months trying to tempt Floyd Mayweather out of retirement but it’s not a bad runner-up prize for Amir Khan as he gets set to take on Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for the WBC world middleweight title on 7 May.

While the British boxer has fought as high as welterweight in his career — though only on three occasions — he has decided to take on Canelo at 155lbs; the Mexican having won his last four bouts at that weight, including last time out against Miguel Cotto for the then-vacant WBC title.

It’s a risky fight for Khan, who walks around at 140lbs, to take on a fighter cutting from a natural weight of 180lbs but, speaking last December, it’s a fight Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya said he would love to make.

He told KO Artist:

Amir Khan is a fighter who is very versatile, and he’s a fan-favorite fighter. Think about his fights; he’s always in an exciting fight. He goes down; he gets back up. He’s exciting. So I think Amir Khan vs. Canelo would be interesting.”

The former Olympic silver-medallist at Athens announced the bout via Twitter this afternoon.

Which was swiftly followed by a slick video:

Golden Boy Boxing / YouTube

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