Friday, 15 April 2016 16:22

Canelo vs Khan prediction: Errol Spence chimes in

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A red hot top 10 welterweight offered a sobering yet simple prediction for Canelo vs Khan.

Brendan Taylor of Tru School Sports caught up with Errol Spence, who will face Chris Algieri tomorrow night on NBC via Premier Boxing Champions, to discuss several items of interest in the Sweet Science.

When asked for his thoughts on the May 5 middleweight title clash between Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan, Spence hinted size would be a factor.

"I got Canelo. I think he's the bigger guy. I think he's gonna come in overweight, really big.... I think he's just gonna bully him."

Overweight? How much overweight?

Is Spence suggesting Canelo may rehydrate to as high as 180 lbs?

Canelo vs Khan
Titles: WBC, RING Magazine
(Alvarez def)

Division: Middleweight
Catchweight: 155 lbs
Date: May 7
Venue: T-Mobile Arena
Location: Las Vegas
Broadcast: HBO PPV


If Canelo walks in the ring that heavy, the extra bulk could slow him down. 

Canelo Alvarez will have to be spry and limber to deal with Khan's superior speed and the former's team realizes it. As a result, we'll probably see Canelo enter the ring against Khan at roughly the same size he was against Miguel Cotto or maybe a pound or two lighter. A fighter of Alvarez's limited height and reach certainly doesn't want to enter the ring carrying a lot of excess weight against a quicker, rangier oppenent like Khan. Coming in at 180lbs would be counter-productive.

America's top amateur welterweight four years ago, Errol Spence represented the United States at the 2012 Olympics. Now as a pro, he is 19-0 and ranked in RING Magazine's top 10 in the welterweight division.

A video of the 5 minute interview is below.

 

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