SAN DIEGO, March 1, 2016 – Lineal middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and former welterweight champion Amir “King” Khan of Great Britain (31-3-0, 19 KOs) kicked off the promotion for their upcoming bout at the new T-Mobile Arena in May 7 in Las Vegas with a three city tour.
The pair and their camps made their first appearance on Sunday in London, visiting landmarks and posing for photos at the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The Shard, the London Eye Ferris Wheel and Westminster House of Parliament. New York’s Hard Rock Café at Times Square hosted the second stop on Tuesday.
The final public appearance is set for 6 p.m. local time in Los Angeles at Universal City Walk on Wednesday, March 2. Based on past appearances, the pair should draw a huge crowd in Hollywood. If you’re a fan anywhere within driving distance, these events give you a chance to see and interact with big names in the sport as well as likeminded fans.
If you can’t make it there in person, Communities Digital News will carry HBO’s live video stream here at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT here.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 888-929-7849 or by going to the following websites: http://t-mobilearena.com or http://axs.com. Prices are reasonable for a big fight, especially one opening a brand new arena. The range is from $150 to $1,500.
The state of the art T-Mobile venue, located just west of the Las Vegas strip between New York New York and the Monte Carlo hotel, will be a real test of the drawing power of Canelo Alvarez, the most popular star in Mexico where boxing is second only to soccer and a fan favorite in the U.S. Capacity for boxing/MMA is 20,000. By comparison, the Mandalay Bay arena when Canelo fought Miguel Cotto holds 12,000. The fight will be shown on HBO PPV.
Now that the extended boxing community has gotten over its surprise at the fight, assessment of the match-up is underway in earnest on many levels with a wide range of opinions.
Canelo Alvarez, considered the favorite, exudes confidence with respect toward the opponent. “He’s a very flashy fighter, he looks very fast on TV, he’s looks quick and moves well, crafty and slick. But that’s one thing on TV, another in the squared circle, to fight the opponent. You really get to see how fast is he or strong he is. That’s why I have to prepare myself for everything in the fight,” said Alvarez.
Alvarez will need to work on his upper body mobility and on his ability to cut off the ring. Otherwise he will have to chase Khan down. He wasn’t successful doing this with Floyd Mayweather, and squeaked out a narrow win against Erislandy Lara.
Amir Khan doesn’t seem to mind his underdog status. He’s been there before and he seems to relish beating the odds as he did winning an Olympic silver medal for Great Britain in 2004. “ Everyone expected me to get beat. I was a young boy fighting against men. Now I’m Here 29 year old, going against Saul Alvarez … He’s a very dangerous opponent, at middleweight. I’m going up to his weight, I’m going into the lion’s den. I’m going to his backyard and I’m going to beat him there, just like I did in the Olympics. This definitely made people think ‘Well, he did it before, he could do it again,’ said Khan.
Khan takes criticism for having a glass chin, but he points out he hasn’t been stopped since he moved up to 147 pounds. Khan says he has sparred with bigger men including Mexican Alfredo Angulo at his “natural weight” outside the ring, which he said is in the mid-160s. Khan speculates that he may find the junior middleweight limit of 154-pounds to be a more natural weight for him going forward.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya’s own observations from a fighter’s perspective tell us a little about his thinking in brokering the deal. “You never know, in boxing you never know,” said De La Hoya. “I remember this little Filipino guy I fought in my last fight. Was the underdog, nobody ever th
ought he could beat me, this was one of those classic match-ups where the bigger guy is too strong and too powerful and we all know what happened there.”
For those who need a reminder, De La Hoya lost to Manny Pacquiao on December 6, 2008 in a fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas called “The Dream Match.” Pacquiao moved up two weight divisions to welterweight and De La Hoya moved down one to make the fight. Pacquiao won with a ninth round TKO when De La Hoya could not come out from his corner.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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