Froch lauds ´ballsy´ Khan for taking on Alvarez

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Former WBC and IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch has hailed Amir Khan’s “ballsy” decision to take on Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

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The bout for the WBC middleweight belt, due to take place in Las Vegas in May, came as a surprise to some when it was announced in February.

Many experts believe Khan – who is moving up from welterweight for the fight – will be out of his depth against Alvarez, whose only defeat in 48 fights came against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

In a media conference featuring both fighters in London on Monday, Khan vowed to prove his doubters wrong and won the praise of Froch, who earned a reputation as a man who consistently took on challenging bouts in his distinguished career.

“I give him a lot of credit. It’s a real ballsy move, very brave, and it’s risky,” Froch told Omnisport.

“That’s what I like in fighters, I like fighters that take risks, I like fighters that believe in themselves and think they can do something that everyone’s against.

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“I mean, he’s the underdog for this fight because of the weight difference – he’s got to put on probably the best part of eight pounds against someone who’s a big puncher in Canelo.

“And Khan has been knocked out a couple of times in his career, but he’s also shown he can recover from big punches and he’s toughed it out against people like Marcos Maidana.

“So I can see how Khan can win the fight, I just think it’s going to be very difficult for him. So [I give him] a lot of credit for taking this fight – it’s going to give the fans a real treat and it’s exciting just waiting for the build-up to begin.”

 

 

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