Canelo Alvarez knocks out Amir Khan in sixth round
Canelo Alvarez defended his RING and WBC middleweight belts with a sixth-round knockout of Amir Khan on Saturday in Las Vegas.
The fight proceeded as many expected, with Khan troubling Canelo with his speed and movement in the first four rounds. Canelo concentrated mainly on loading up with big shots, many of which found empty air.
In the fourth and fifth rounds, however, Canelo began to find his range, jabbing and countering more effectively. The final punch was a devastating right hand that flattened Khan in the sixth. The full count was unnecessary and he remained on his back for a couple of minutes.
Post-fight questions asked of Canelo revolved around whether he would fight Gennady Golovkin next.
Khan and his trainer, Virgil Hunter, vehemently agreed that he should, saying Khan had taken the risk and now it was Canelo’s turn. “I showed my balls by getting in there with a bigger man,” Khan said.
Alvarez improved his record to 47-1-1 (33 knockouts) with the win, while Khan fell to 31-4 (19 KOs).
A full report will follow.