BOXING legend Oscar De La Hoya has tipped Amir Khan as a ‘huge favourite’ ahead of his showdown with Mexican superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez tomorrow.The Golden Boy Promotions boss believes the Bolton ace is a genuine threat to middleweight world champion Canelo and thinks those with knowledge of the fight game would not be surprised should he prevail against the odds."There's a reason Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao didn't want to fight Amir Khan because he possesses skills like no other,” said De La Hoya.
"It's great to be beside a fighter who dares to be great.
Amir is a hard worker, not only an Olympic silver medallist, but here is a fighter who is a multiple weight world champion, always asking for the big fights and never getting them. He's now here facing the top fighter in the world, and he's ready for it and excited to face him,” said De La Hoya.
“Whoever thought that Muhammad Ali could knock out George Foreman?
I just talked to Foreman and people were praying he didn't hurt Ali and look what happened there,” he said.
Amir Khan hopes Chris Algieri will provide the same stepping stone to Floyd Mayweather Jr as he did for Manny Pacquiao.
The Pac-Man beat American Algieri in his last fight before his super bout with Mayweather and Khan reckons a similar outcome in New York on Friday could lead to the shot he has long been waiting for.
Mayweather is committed to the 49th and final fight of his career in September but has yet to decide who he will face.
Khan said: “I have to take care of Chris Algieri and then it will lead me to a big fight with Floyd Mayweather.
Canelo, who is regarded by many as one of boxing’s pound-for-pound kings, knows that he will need to show that come fight night.
He takes on Khan at a catchweight of 155-pounds and says he has done a lot of work to deal with his opponent’s speed.
"There's not too much more left to say, the fight is here. “Khan is a very fast, very elusive, and very tricky fighter, but I am happy with the work I have done and I am ready to go in the ring and break him down. * Khan v Canelo is exclusively live on Box Nation (Sky/Freeview/Virgin/Talk Talk/Online & App) this Saturday night.