Canelo Alvarez scored a stunning sixth round KO, knocking Amir Khan out cold to cement his place as one of the world's premier fighters. In his post-fight interview, Canelo invited Gennady Golovkin into the ring and called him out for a monster unification bout later in 2016.
For Khan, it's difficult to know where to turn next. His gameplan was solid and effective, earning him a lead on the scorecards through the first six rounds. However, the knockout punch was massive, leaving Khan unconscious on his feet and flat on his back in a stunning moment. Such was the ferocity of the knockout, Canelo's celebrations were respectfully muted as he checked on the welfare of his opponent.
The Bolton ace started the fight the stronger of the two. His feet were sharp and kept him entirely out of trouble, allowing him to manouevre into position and fire home some lightning combos.
It took Canelo four rounds before he was able to settle into the occasion, but the warning signs grew as the Mexican got closer to the challenger, loading up heavily on his shots. It was clear that the flame-haired Mexican had the ability to stop the fight in a single moment, and so it proved in round six with a knockout of the year contender that sent shockwaves through the T Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez defends his WBC World Middleweight Title against Amir ‘King’ Khan at the freshly built T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Saturday 7 May live on BoxNation!
The contest almost came out of the blue, who saw it coming? Credit to both men for agreeing to this super fight which has clearly captured the public’s imagine.
It’s a bold move from Khan who jumps up, having previously captured World Titles down at Super-Lightweight.
Big fights have eluded Khan in the past couple of years against the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, but this will go some way to making up for those.
"My goal is to always fight the biggest names and the best fighters that is why I'm excited for this fight,” declared Khan.
The flamed haired Mexican has recaptured the much coveted Cinco De Mayo, Mexican Holiday date to display his talent to the boxing and wider fraternity.
"Amir was a decorated amateur, a two-time world champion and is in the prime of his career. Fans are in for a great fight,” revealed Canelo.
BoxNation viewers witnessed the 25 year old dethrone Miguel Cotto back in November and now get the chance to see this sizzling, summer mega-fight.
Khan’s previous outing, a points decision victory over Chris Algieri, was also broadcast live on the Channel of Champions back in May 2015.
The defending Champion opens up as the bookies favourite though the intrigue of what tactics Khan and trainer Virgil Hunter come up with to combat Canelo’s power makes this fight simply unmissable.
Will Canelo be too strong and score a knockout? Can Khan use his movement and counter his way to a points win?
Despite the bout being at a 155lbs catch weight, the Middleweight division is thriving with Gennady Golovkin mandated to fight the winner in a huge unification bout, after coinge through his latest test against Dominic Wade.
WBO King Billy Joe Saunders will also have a keen eye on the Vegas showdown, which takes place just one week after his maiden first World Title defence against ‘Mad’ Max Bursak.
On the undercard David Lemieux returns to action against Glen Tapia, Frankie Gomez steps up against former World Title challenger Frankie Gomez, Brazilian banger Patrick Teixeira looks to close on a World Title shot when he fights Curtis Stevens and rising star 'The Golden Kid' Diego De La Hoya gets a prime spot to showcase his talent.
Here's the full Khan v Canelo running order for Saturday night's big show!
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