Amir Khan’s bid to write his name in the books of boxing was shattered by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez after suffering a devastating sixth-round knockout, leaving the Briton unconscious on the canvas and triggering a wave of concern for his well-being.
Canelo’ Alvarez took just under six rounds to come to terms with Khan’s lightning start, shudder him to the body, find his range to the head and then fell him with a blow of dynamite impact that it started somewhere near the ringside seats and detonated on his chin and not only sent him into a stupor but crashed his head against the canvas.Referee Kenny Bayless had hardly begun counting when he waved his arms, first over the prostrate figure of Khan, then to summon medical assistance. Having stepped up to middleweight for the catchweight fight at 155lbs for the WBC title, Khan was taking a massive gamble in facing the Mexican, who at four years younger had completed 14 more fights than the 2004 Olympic silver medallist.
Khan started brightly in the first as he caught Canelo’s attention in the first minute, with a lovely combination being felt by the Mexican who would have limited success with his jab only. Khan caught Canelo again in the second and certainly had the better start of the two, with Canelo yet to catch the Olympic silver medallist flush by the time the third started.As the sixth started, Khan’s strong start had been eradicated, and a faint with the left opened Khan’s defence up to allow Canelo to deliver a huge overhand right onto the jaw of the Briton, dropping the challenger straight to the canvas and leading to referee Kenny Bayliss waving the fight off immediately.Canelo refused to celebrate, instead rushing to Khan’s side as medics flooded the ring. Khan didn’t move an inch for a number of seconds, and nearly a full minute had passed before Khan was sat up and, thankfully, got to his feet to allow Canelo to enjoy the celebrations of his deserving victory.
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Khan though was gracious in defeat “First of all I just want to say a big thank you to everyone,” Khan said in the ring once he had recovered. “I’m one of those fighters who is willing to step into the ring with anyone. I showed my balls by stepping in there with him, a big guy.”This is boxing. I wanted to go out there as a champion. I unfortunately didn’t make it to the end but I tried my best.”This challenge came and it was hard to turn down. I want to be the best. But I’ll probably go down, my natural weight is 147 and I’ll probably go down.”
Canelo though hailed his opponent “He’s a fast fighter, he’s very fast and I knew that things would be complicated at the beginning, but I knew that things would come to me,” Canelo said afterwards.“Many people focus on my power and talk about my power but I’ve got many qualities in the ring and that’s what people saw. I like to surprise everyone.“Someone who comes in to box gives you problems obviously, but someone who comes in to attack offers a great fight”.