Amir Khan defeated by Canelo Alvarez in devastating knock out
LOS ANGELES: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez successfully defended his World Boxing Council middleweight title in spectacular fashion Saturday with a devastating sixth-round knockout of Amir Khan.
The 25-year-old Mexican dropped Khan with a straight right hand over a left jab that sent the Briton crumbling to the canvas where he lay there motionless for a couple of minutes.
Khan, who moved up two weight classes to face the bigger champ, started strong and won the first couple of rounds before Alvarez worked his way into the fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Amir Khan hoping to ‘do a Leicester’ on Alvarez
Khan was hoping to copy Leicester City’s remarkable Premier League title triumph as he prepared for a daunting battle with Alvarez.
The 29-year-old Khan started as a massive underdog when he climbed into the ring to face the hard-hitting Alvarez at the gambling haven’s sparkling new 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena.
Khan, who normally fights at welterweight, was stepping up by two divisions to face Alvarez, a destructive puncher who has compiled an impressive 46-1 record with 32 knockouts.
Last week, Khan said he was relishing the prospect of star billing after enduring years of frustration trying unsuccessfully to land a bout against the now retired Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
“It’s my time and I’m going to grab it with both hands,” Khan told a press conference.
Amir Khan ready for ‘dream’ showdown with Alvarez
“It’s been my dream to get a big fight like this in Las Vegas and I’m not going to let it go.
“Come this fight you’re going to see the best Amir Khan. Canelo’s a tough guy. He’s strong but we’re going to be ready for what he brings to the table,” added Khan, who is 31-3 with 19 knockouts.
Khan, who is of Pakistani descent, also referenced the US presidential election campaign rhetoric of likely Republican nominee Donald Trump, who has vowed to bar Muslims from entering the United States while promising to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.
“Who knows? This could be the last fight for me and Canelo in Las Vegas if Donald Trump becomes president,” joked Khan, a Muslim.