Canelo vs Khan: Tit for tat is for amateursWritten by Leroy Cleveland
What if Amir Khan throws and lands more shots than Canelo Alvarez in their May 7 middleweight title showdown?
After all, the name of the game is: Hit and don't be hit.
Should Amir simply try to out-land his foe?
In a recent interview with FightHype, former jr middleweight world champion Austin Trout discussed Canelo vs Khan and hinted he likes the underdog's chances.
"...My man Amir, he has the foot speed and the hand speed to pull it off," Trout told FightHype.com.
"If he fights like an amateur, just hit and move, hit and move...I'm going to put money on him."
But how often have we seen a professional boxer lose because he fought too much like an amateur?
In fact, Trout, himself, out-landed Canelo by 30 punches (154-124) in their April 2013 bout only to lose a unanimous decision by the scores of 112-115, 111-116 and, yes, 118-109.
In addition, their powershots were virtually even with Trout and Alvarez landing 95 and 96 non jabs, respectively.
And let's not forget Erislandy Lara, via an amateur style, out-landed Canelo as well yet the latter still prevailed.
Canelo vs Khan
Titles: WBC, RING Magazine
Catchweight: 155 lbs
Date: May 7
Venue: T-Mobile Arena
Location: Las Vegas
Broadcast: HBO PPV
Although Trout and Lara, in their respective bouts with Alvarez, landed more punches, they lost to Canelo because the judges believed the latter's shots were harder, more eye-catching and caused greater overall damage. Moreover, they favored Canelo because he appeared to be the initiator. He appeared to control the action most of the time.
... And keep in mind, while Canelo was awarded an additional point for knocking down Trout, the former would have still won on all three cards without the knockdown.
In stark contrast to amateur boxing, prizefight scoring is open-ended, and points are rendered purely based on the judges' opinions using four criteria:
- Effective aggression
- Ring generalship and
- Clean and hard punching
As a result, a fighter, especially a popular A-side like Canelo, can win a decision handily while, from an amateur perspective, being clearly outpointed.
When Canelo fought Floyd Mayweather in September 2013, Money May, despite not seriously hurting Canelo, landed some sweet shots that drew 'ohs and ahs' from those in attendance and spent a significant portion of the fight walking Canelo down and controlling the action.
Tit for tat is for amateurs... In order for Khan to unseat a popular champion on May 7, Amir, if he plans to 'get on his bicycle,' must land some consequential shots that wow the judges and get Canelo's attention.