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Canelo-Khan will be spring blockbuster

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Amir Khan will fight anybody without fear. The technically sound and super athletic welterweight tried his hardest to be Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s final opponent, but the problem when you are really good, top of the line opponents are hard to get. That has been Khan’s struggle for three years, but lineal middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez is giving him what he wants. Alvarez too is a guy who will never back down from anybody at all. He’s fought all of the top guys around his weight so it only made sense that he would eventually mean Khan. On May 7, 2016, Alvarez and Khan will square off for the WBC world middleweight title on HBO PPV in a 155-pound catchweight.

It is a very tough fight for Khan. Khan was battered by a lighter Danny Garcia for four rounds before the referee has to call a stop to the fight; Alvarez has significantly more power. But what makes Khan a major threat to everybody he faces is his hand speed, hand speed that might even be greater than Mayweather. Khan pressures opponents with his speed and his feet stay in motion, making him both an unpredictable puncher and hard target to hit.

Alvarez, though, is massively powerful. His knockout of James Kirland was one of the most impressive performances in 2015. He may not have knocked out Miguel Cotto, but it was a completely on-sided fight. The only blemish on his record is a majority decision loss to the great Mayweather.

But both fighters are vastly improved since their most recent losses. Now, it is hard to argue that they are not two of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. But again, it is the incredible speed and athleticism of Khan against the power and aggressiveness of Alvarez. That makes for a great chess match in the ring. And while Alvarez would be the favorite to retain his title to go on to fight Gennady Golovkin in the fall, it is a star-studded bout in between that has the potential to shake up the division.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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