Canelo delivers on expectations as he KOs Khan with GGG watching

Canelo delivers on expectations as he KOs Khan with GGG watching

By Daniel Zaldivar

May 7, 2016


Amir Khan displayed his impressive hand speed through the six rounds of the fight, but Canelo Alvarez was able to adapt and attain the knockout victory as he dropped Khan with an overhand right that sent him to the canvas on Saturday May 7, from the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Khan, 29, wasted no time in tagging Alvarez by utilizing the speed with which he is known for. He [Khan] tasted leather in the first few rounds, but was able to take the power and answer back with a fury of combinations. Alvarez, at times, threw haymaker type punches that only hit air and completely missed every part of Khan. The fighter from Bolton, England seemed to mildly frustrate Alvarez throughout the six rounds, however, it was the pride of Mexico [Alvarez] that capitalized on the notorious weak chin of Khan that was on the other side of a sweeping right hand that ended his night.  

I didn’t make it to the end, but I tried my best. I want to be the best, and I want to fight the best. That is why I took this fight.
— Amir "King" Khan

Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) was a huge underdog coming into the fight, as he had not fought above the welterweight limit of 147 pounds before Saturday night. Alvarez, 25, maintained as much as 6-1 odds in the betting odds and it was essentially no surprise to the boxing community that he was able to achieve the knockout against a smaller sized Khan. At the time of the KO (as seen below), Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) was up on two of the judge's scorecards with 48-47 and 49-46 tallies. The third judge had it for Khan at the conclusion of the bout with a score of 48-47. 

Alvarez connected on 64 of his 170 total punches for connect rate of nearly 38 percent, while Khan had 48 of 166 for almost 29 percent. Punches to the body is where Alvarez saw much of his success before the sixth round KO, while Khan looked to stick and move after landing. Alvarez's only loss in his career came at the hands of the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. back in September of 2013, and Mayweather showed intelligent boxing and speed could trouble a superstar like Alvarez. Khan attempted to mimic this blueprint and had success in exposing those flaws, however, Alvarez stayed patient and showed the effectiveness in his counter-punching skills by delivering the decision the 16,540 in attendance wanted all night long. 

He is a fast fighter, and I knew things would be complicated in the beginning, but I knew they would come to my favor as the fight went on. People have known me only for my power. I have many more qualities in the ring and I showed that. I think people saw more of me tonight. Someone that comes in to box gives you more trouble and someone that comes right in, is a little easier to fight.
— Canelo Alvarez

With the victory, Alvarez retained his WBC middleweight title and did it, once again, in front of Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, who seemingly holds every other world championship in the middleweight division. The collision course between these two athletes is now in full force and it is going to be difficult to not step into the ring with each other. Golovkin is arguably the most feared fighter in boxing and has been consistently displaying it with his last 22 wins coming by way of KO. He recently handed Dominic Wade his first professional loss last month by stopping him inside two rounds. Golovkin has expressed his desire in fighting Alvarez and wanting to hold all the belts in the division. Alvarez holds a middleweight title, but has not fought at the official limit of 160 pounds. Instead, he has fought at catch weights of 155 that were recognized as middleweight bouts. Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) maintains his stance in wanting Alvarez to fight at 160, while Golovkin has been told to come down to 155 if he wants the fight to happen. Golden Boy Promotions, who promotes Alvarez, has received criticism in not yet making the fight. However, Alvarez and Oscar De La Hoya have both stated their eagerness to create the match and that it will occur for the fans to witness. This could even occur in the giant 100,000 seat Cowboys' Stadium in Texas. Owner Jerry Jones was sitting ringside Saturday night. 

Like we say in Mexico ‘we don’t F— around.’ I don’t fear anyone; we don’t come to play in this sport. I fear no one in this sport. Right now I will put on the gloves again and fight him.
— Canelo Alvarez tells HBO's Max Kellerman after the fight

(Feature photo: Hogan Photos)

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Canelo Alvarez knocks out Amir Khan in dramatic fashion

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