BOLTON boxer Amir Khan appeared relaxed in front of the cameras as he prepared for the biggest fight of his career.
‘King’ Khan will jump up two weight divisions to face Mexican, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 7.
And speaking to BoxNation, he said he’d been inspired by seeing his poster grace the side of the famous MGM Grand arena – where many of his idols have fought before.
“I used to watch my heroes and the other big names in boxing like Mayweather who used to have their picture on the MGM and now it’s my time.
“This is a huge fight and I’m going to grab it with both hands. It motivates me to go into this fight and win this fight.
“You’ve got two big names in boxing – myself and Canelo.
“Everyone is talking about it. You’ve got a puncher versus a boxer; two different styles and the whole world tuning in. Just walking the strip and asking people about the fight you get exactly what the fight is all about.”
Khan admitted he would be seen as the ‘B side’ of the bought against a popular fighter who is due to take thousands of fighters to the arena.
But appearing in Vegas for the sixth time, the fighter said he would not be intimidated by being second favourite with the bookies.
“Whenever I’ve fought here before I’ve been the favourite and this time it’s a little different, but this is what inspires me.
“Being the underdog sometimes brings the best out of you.
“There will be some people there who think he’s going to walk right through me and I’m definitely not going to let that happen.”
Since the mega-fight was announced back in February, experts, fans and keyboard warriors alike have had a say on the British ace’s chances.
Betting firm, Sports Interaction currently have Canelo down as a 7/25 favourite with Khan at 11/4.
They believe the Bolton fighter’s best chance to take the win is by taking Canelo the distance and outpointing him.
In contrast, if the bout was to be stopped before the final bell, Canelo, who has halted two of his last five opponents and holds a 67 per cent career knockout ratio, would be the favourite.