Khan talks Mayweather vs Ortiz
Having been invited to join Steve Bunce and Andy Kerr in the Primetime studios for the independent broadcaster’s coverage of Floyd Mayweather vs Victor Ortiz, WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion Amir Khan gets some of his analytical expertise on the matter filed early.
Amir, how does Floyd's 18 month hiatus affect him going into the fight with Ortiz?
I'm not sure it will at all. Floyd has done that before, where he takes long breaks before fights and seems to cope okay. I think because he doesn't really blow up between fights and walks around near his fighting weight it means that when the time for training comes there is no drastic change for his body. Getting older though does play some part but we'll need to see on Saturday night how he copes against a guy like Ortiz who is 10 years younger but I'm sure he will come through.
You know Ortiz well, can he pose Floyd problems?
Ortiz can punch that's his biggest strength, so it will be important for Floyd to avoid any traps Ortiz sets up, especially early on. He's younger too so I'm sure he will try to pressure Floyd and hope that he can wear him down.
So how are you calling the fight?
Ortiz is a great fighter, but I think that Mayweather will win this one. Early on I think Ortiz will be dangerous and will go at Mayweather but as it goes on I think Mayweather will pick him apart. Defensively Mayweather is very strong and I think that's what will help him win this fight.
And Floyd recently said you would have to beat Jessie Vargas to earn a fight with him, is that a route your willing to take?
I didn't really know of Jessie Vargas until Mayweather mentioned him, but if that's what it takes to get a fight against Mayweather then I would be up for it. I think I have the style to beat Mayweather, I'm sure he has never faced anyone as quick as me. Freddie Roach has the perfect game plan of how to face someone like Mayweather, who is very defensive and I know I could execute that game plan.
Of the other fighters on the bill, what do you make of Saul Alvarez?
Alvarez is a tricky fighter, with great punching power and I'm sure he has a very big future in the sport. I think he will beat Alfonso Gomez on Saturday night. Gomez will cause him problems; he did well in his fight against Jose Luis Castillo but Alvarez I believe will be too clever and strong for him.
Erik Morales was touted as a possible opponent for yourself; do you think he’ll win the WBC title on Saturday night?
Erik Morales has been a great champion - one of the legends of the sport. I think he proved in his last fight that he has enough in the tank to cause trouble to a lot of fighters and I'm sure that will be the case on Saturday night. Lucas Matthysse would have been a tough fight for him but his new opponent Cano is unpredictable and untested but I still fancy Morales to win.
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