Canelo Alvarez vs Amir Khan turned out like many expected with Amir Khan lying flat on his back knocked out cold by the heavy handed Mexican star.
The mismatch was sold as speed versus power, with Khan’s speed being the key selling point going up two weight classes to fight WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez at 155 pound catchweight.
Oscar De La Hoya promoted the fight saying that if Manny Pacquiao a former featherweight could beat him and pull off the upset with his speed and movement, so can Khan.
The beginning of the fight started with Khan looking amazing, he was boxing Canelo, landing and moving and even able to take a few of Canelo’s punches from time to time. Khan seemed to give a glimmer of hope in the possibly of pulling off the upset and winning on points with his speed and timing.
At the start of the fifth and six rounds Canelo started finding home for his punches, even opening up a cut with a clean shot to Khan’s face. At the end of the sixth Khan tried to throw a flurry and get out but Canelo landed a heavy right hand flush dropping him with Khan lying flat on his back unconscious. The fight was called off and the ringside doctors came into the ring. Canelo showing sign of class and concern knelled down instead of celebrating to check on his knocked out opponent.
After the fight Canelo invited Gennady Golovkin to the ring, and told HBO’s Max Kellerman in the post fight interview that he isn’t ducking and will fight anyone.
Amir Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter told Max Kellerman that Khan took risks, and it’s now time for Canelo to stop hiding and take risks and fight Gennady Golovkin like Khan did going up in weight to fight him.
Canelo has options. He can either unify and fight Gennady Golovkin or try and get Floyd Mayweather out of retirement to fight him in a rematch for a lucrative payday that would also benefit Mayweather.