It is just too painful to watch! Amir Khan getting knocked-out cold, flat on his back, head bouncing off the canvas, after Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez detonated a right hand on the Brits jaw at two minutes and 37 seconds of the 6th round in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Khan, 29, was boxing great, we know he can! His speed and movement as predicted was causing the WBC middleweight champion problems for five and half rounds until the KO. – Canelo (47-1-1, 33KOs) was smart, he knew he couldn’t outbox Khan, (31-4, 19KOs) he soon realised the speed of Khan was no joke too. But he systematically stalked his challenger, fainted, cut off the ring and eventually trapped his prey and finished the job like a champion.
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Apparently the judges had the Mexican champion winning the fight! Serious! If that is the case then them judges need to be looked at and their profession brought into question, they couldn’t have been watching the same fight. Having said that what does it matter now?
The Canelo right back hand that felled Khan flat on his back and out before he hit the ground, was a peach of a punch and wasn’t expected. Canelo was always cocking it and after a great start, Khan made a mistake, dropped his left hand in range and the Mexican capitalised in the blink of an eye! – The KO was reminiscent of the Ricky Hatton one, at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in 2009.
Former lightweight world champion Khan, jumped up two weight divisions to face Alvarez at a catchweight of 155lbs, the heaviest he had ever come in at. The fight was billed as speed-vs-power, and power prevailed! This was Khan’s 4th defeat and the 3rd time he has been knocked cold. It is a crying shame, he is so good, he just leaves himself vulnerable and his chin resistance doesn’t cut it, or, is it like promoter Oscar De La Hoya pointed out. ‘Too brave for his own good.”?
Canelo knew he had administered a chilling knockout and Khan was in some distress as he lay motionless on the canvas and as it was obvious the fight was over the champion went across to his fallen foe and knelt beside him to check he was okay.
“You want to win by knockout, but you don’t want to hurt anybody,” he said. “It was a human reaction to make sure he was okay and I’m glad he appears to be.”
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Where does Khan go from here? The big fight in the UK for him is against long-time rival, welterweight world champion Kell Brook, who holds the IBF world title. Khan, after he got off the floor and regained his senses, spoke to the TV interviewer and said he plans to carry on fighting but will move back down in weight.
“I’m a natural 147lb fighter,” said Khan.
“But this challenge came and it was very hard to turn down. I want to be the best, I want to fight the best and that’s why I took this fight. I showed my bravery by getting in the ring with Canelo, but this is boxing.
“I wanted to go out there as a champion. I was unfortunate that I didn’t make it to the end, but I tried my best and I want to say thank you for the support. I will probably go down to 147 now.” he added.