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Khan confident he can upset the Vegas odds and defeat Canelo

By Declan Warrington

Amir Khan knows he is "supposed" to get beaten by Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas tomorrow night but is using that belief to motivate him towards victory.

He remains a significant underdog when he fights for the first time above the welterweight division to challenge WBC middleweight champion 'Canelo' Alvarez at a catchweight of 155lbs.

Such is Alvarez's status it has long been hoped he will emerge as boxing's highest-profile fighter in the post-Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao era, and tomorrow's promotion at Vegas's new T-Mobile Arena - so close to Mexico's 'Cinco de Mayo' public holiday - has unquestionably been built on his appeal.

There is also the hoped-for superfight between Alvarez and WBA and IBF champion Gennady Golovkin that Khan would disrupt should he secure victory.

"I'm the guy who's supposed to walk in there and get beat, and I'm not going to let that happen," said Khan.

"This is the first time I've been an underdog in any fight."

Promoter Oscar De La Hoya also confirmed US presidential candidate Donald Trump is to attend, and Khan joked: "This might be the last fight for me and Canelo here if Donald Trump becomes president."

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