Boxing: ‘Canelo’-Khan Bout to Be Held at New T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

By Mike Sloan Feb 19, 2016
Ending weeks of speculation, Golden Boy Promotions on Friday announced that the May 7 super-fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Amir Khan will be held at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Alvarez-Khan is the first major boxing event of 2016 and is expected to be one of the more exciting battles of the first half of the year. “Canelo” (46-1-1, 32 KOs) will put his WBC and Ring Magazine middleweight titles on the line against Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) who is a former two-time world champion. Alvarez is coming off an impressive unanimous decision win over Miguel Cotto in November. The popular Mexican has won four straight since losing to Floyd Mayweather almost three years ago and is expected to duke it out with Gennady Golovkin later in the year to unify to 160-pound titles, provided he gets past Khan.

Khan lost back-to-back fights to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia but he has since rebounded with five straight wins, with his last two coming via dominant unanimous decision nods over former champs Devon Alexander and Chris Algieri.

Golden Boy Promotions initially put a hold on MGM Grand Garden Arena for the date of the fight in case the promotion couldn’t secure the rights to host Canelo-Khan at the new arena. But it seemed inevitable to most within the sport and Las Vegas that a fight of this magnitude would land at T-Mobile Arena.

Located just west of the famed Las Vegas Strip behind and between the New York-New York and Monte Carlo casino resorts, T-Mobile Arena is expected to host more than 100 events annually including major boxing, MMA, concerts and many other forms of entertainment. The arena, which is expected to be the home of the proposed new Las Vegas NHL hockey team in a few years, will feature 50 luxury suites and more than two dozen private loge boxes.

The mega event will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View starting at 9:00 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The rest of the televised card including the co-main event and a full undercard will be announced in the coming weeks.


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