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The countdown to May 7 is on now that Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan have opened training camps for their Cinco de Mayo weekend matchup in Las Vegas.
Canelo, whose camp is being held in San Diego, emphasized his serious approach to the contest despite being an overwhelming favorite.
“I train hard to fight hard, and I am focused this training camp to be prepared to win on May 7 and maintain my status as the champion,” said Canelo. “Amir Khan is a talented fighter and though I know I will be triumphant as the victor on May 7, I will not underestimate the challenge he poses to me in the ring.”
“Training for this fight is off to a great start,” added Eddy Reynoso, Canelo’s trainer. “We have been in camp for a few weeks and actually started in Mexico before the press tour. We are taking the fight against Amir Khan very seriously and want to be prepared for anything on May 7. We expect Canelo to train very effectively as he always does. He is very dedicated and serious about the sport.”
Hundreds of miles away in Oakland is the camp for Amir Khan, who was beaming with confidence after a day’s work.
“Camp is going great and I’m feeling really good,” said Khan. “I’ve exceeded a lot of the targets that I set myself at this stage and am well on course. Virgil Hunter is happy with how things are going, and comeMay 7,I’m going to be in the best condition, physically and mentally, that I can be.
“I’m getting ready to give the fans a very exciting fight at the T-Mobile Arena. We’re working on the perfect game plan for this fight and that is what is going to win it for me. I don’t put too much emphasis on one individual thing, whether that’s speed or power, it’s about having all the boxes ticked going into the fight. I know what Canelo does well, and his key attributes, so we’ll be looking to nullify those. I’m going to keep pushing myself hard in training and will be ready to give everything come fight night.”
Trainer Virgil Hunter will be getting his second view of Canelo. In 2014, he was in the corner of Alfredo Angulo, who was stopped in the 10th round of Canelo’s debut as a pay-per-view headliner.
“Amir is very focused, and he is aware of the challenge that lies before him,” Hunter explained. “We have seen a lot of Canelo and know what to expect so we’ll have the right game plan to overcome him.”
Canelo vs. Khan will air live from the T-Mobile Arena on HBO pay-per-view.