British Amir Khan has admitted he lacks the power to hurt Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in their WBC middleweight title fight in Las Vegas on Saturday.
However, Khan said his speed and movement would win the day.
Britain’s Khan, 29, is jumping two weight classes to challenge Mexico’s Alvarez, although the match has been made at a catch-weight of 155lb.
“I’m going to hit Canelo and he’s probably not going to feel it, but skill is going to win it,” said Khan.
“I don’t want to be involved in exchanges, standing in front of him giving him free shots. I know he can hurt me with one big shot.
“So I have to make sure I’m balanced when I’m throwing my own shots. It’s all about being disciplined and sticking to the game-plan for 12 rounds.
“Before, I’ve not respected guys who have knocked me down or out. This fight I know I can be hurt so I’ll be on the edge and my defences will be sharper.
“A fight against Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao would have been easier because they’re my weight, so physically I would have been stronger.
“Canelo is going to be stronger, but things I have that are better than him are speed and movement.”
Khan is a heavy underdog against his 25-year-old opponent, whose only defeat was by American legend Mayweather in 2013.
Bolton boxer Khan is a former light-welterweight world champion but has lost three times, twice by knockout.