Amir Khan saw his Las Vegas dreams 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.
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.
The fight replicated the first time that Khan started as a rank underdog with the bookmakers’, with odds of up to 4/1 available on a Khan victory.
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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.
“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. “Someone who comes in to box gives you problems obviously, but someone who comes in to attack offers a great fight.” 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.
The fourth proved to be a slow burner until Alvarez dived in halfway through the round, missing a right hook and allowing Khan to counter.
The fifth saw Khan try and take the middle of the ring for the first time, but Alvarez soon reasserted himself and continued to seek the big punch that Khan had yet to feel and had begun to enjoy success with shots to the body – Khan focusing instead on the head of Canelo.
Canelo had grown into the fight by this point, and after Khan’s fast start the Mexican had reason to be confident at the start of the six, having landed an impressive left hook on the nose of his opponent as well as a powerful right to the rib cage.
A cut emerged over the right eye of Khan that certainly put the Bolton boxer on the back foot, as Canelo started the sixth as he left off in the fifth.
The signs of the end were there at the start of the sixth though with Khan now barely landing an effective punch, and moments later it was all over, the pre-fight warnings for Khan proving right as it took one single, devastating shot to end Khan’s hopes and inflict a fourth career defeat, three of which have come in worrying knockouts.