Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez and Great Britain’s Amir Khan stormed Los Angeles on Wednesday to promote their World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight title bout at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The fight is scheduled for May 7.
The 29-year-old Khan, a former Olympic silver medalist and light-welterweight world champion, will be Alvarez’s first opponent since he beat Miguel Cotto in a unanimous points decision fight in Vegas last November to claim the then-vacant WBC title.
I tell you one thing now: Cinco de Mayo is May 7th, that's when the fight's going to be, but I tell you one thing, you're going to see more British flags in Vegas than the Mexican flags. This is what makes boxing great
“This fight is going to be an exciting fight. It’s something I’ve always dreamed of, and Canelo’s an amazing fighter, obviously, who has fought some big names in boxing,” Khan said at a press engagement.
Alvarez, (46-1-1, 32 KOs), has only one defeat on an otherwise unblemished record, a majority decision loss in a title fight against American great Floyd Mayweather in 2013.
“Canelo’s a tough guy, you know — comes fighting forward, he’s strong, he has a huge Mexican fan base. I mean this fight is huge all around the world.
“I tell you one thing now: Cinco de Mayo is May 7th, that’s when the fight’s going to be, but I tell you one thing, you’re going to see more British flags in Vegas than the Mexican flags. This is what makes boxing great,” Khan added .
“You guys motivate me to keep winning. Because of you, every day I wake up and want to be triumphant — not only for me but for you guys. I’m going to prepare like always, a hundred percent,” Alvarez said.