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De La Hoya: Size does not matter in Canelo vs. Khan

Oscar De La Hoya

Ever since the boxing world was collectively shocked by the announcement of Canelo vs. Khan fans have questioned the size difference they feel exists between the two fighters.

The bout, for the WBC middleweight title, will be fought at a 155lb catchweight at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 7th.

Canelo has fought a number of times at 155lbs, usually entering the ring around the 170lb mark on fight night, whilst Khan is making a big leap from the 147lb welterweight bouts he is accustomed to.

To his credit, since the fight was announced, Khan has maintained the size difference does not bother him. Canelo’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, doesn’t seem too concerned by it either and is adamant it takes nothing away from the contest.

“An old saying tells us, ‘styles make fights.’ These fighters have the chance to make this fight not just for them but also for the fans. This is speed vs. power. Khan has amazing footwork, but Canelo has power and strength,” said, De La Hoya.

“Size does not matter in this fight. What does is skill, speed, power, intelligence and experience. If you can’t be in Las Vegas to watch it live in person, watch it on the best boxing network out there – HBO. This will be a high-intensity fight.”

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