Virgil Hunter breaks down Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan days before big showdown

Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan face off at their final presser in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

Moments prior to the final Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan press conference inside of the MGM Grand’s KA Theatre in Las Vegas, Nev., Hustle Boss caught up with former Trainer of the Year Virgil Hunter.

The Oakland, Calif.-based trainer has been with Khan the past four years, dating back to his upset loss to Danny Garcia in July of 2014, and the duo has reeled of five straight victories together.

For this particular fight, Hunter insists the proper regimen was followed.

“It never goes as planned but we started and ended each day,” said Hunter of camp. “He put in the work. Physically he’s where he needs to be.”

Khan started his career just above the lightweight limit of 135 pounds and for this match he will be facing his most physically imposing opponent to date. The bout will be contested at a catch weight of 155 pounds and by fight night Canelo could be bigger than 170 pounds.

Hunter understands what his side is up against and claims that is why he implored for his charge to stick to what he knows best.

“No matter what he does, he’s not going to be stronger [than Canelo],” said Hunter of Khan. “You’re wasting your time doing that. We focused on what he needed to know. Knowing the ring is more important, because he’s simply not going to be stronger than Alvarez.”

Check below for the full interview.

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