LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 07:  Canelo Alvarez poses with the WBC Middleweight belt during the WBC middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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Canelo Alvarez Brutally Knocks Out Amir Khan in Round 6

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 07: Canelo Alvarez poses with the WBC Middleweight belt during the WBC middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images) Photo by David Becker/Getty Images

On Saturday, May 7, 2016, WBC, RING and Lineal Middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) scored a brutal one-punch knockout victory against former Super Lightweight world titlist Amir Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The scheduled 12-rounder headlined a night of boxing that was televised via HBO PPV.

Alvarez, 25, had a tough start as Khan unleashed quick one-two combinations in the opening round. The speed seemed to bother the Mexico native at first.

Khan, 29, used a quick jab and a lot of lateral movement to set up his quick combinations. The native of the UK demonstrated his speed and skill in the way he was able to consistently outland Alvarez in the first two rounds.

Beginning in Round 3, however, Alvarez slowly began finding his offense, working from shots to the body and landing hooks and right hands to the top. As the rounds progressed, so did Khan’s fatigue.

“He is a fast fighter, and I knew things would be complicated in beginning, but I knew they would come to my favor as the fight went on,” said Alvarez.

However, it was not only his size advantage that helped Canelo in Rounds 3 and 4; it was also his boxing skill. Alvarez would then begin to defend right hands with either a slip or a roll of his chin before coming back to the body with shots that seem to hurt Khan.

“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,” said Alvarez.

Indeed, in Round 6, Alvarez feinted Khan with a jab to the body before unleashing a thunderous right hand that immediately knocked Khan out.

Khan fell flat on the ground and even bounced his head on the floor. A concerned Alvarez quickly went to his side on his knees, but Khan was okay within moments.

“Although I feel strong at this weight, I am naturally a lighter fighter and plan to go back down to Welterweight. But, I like to challenge myself and that is why I took this fight,” said Khan, who spent the rest of his post-fight interview marketing a fight between Gennady Golovkin and Alvarez.

“I think it’s time for Canelo to step up to GGG, just like I stepped up to fight him,” said Khan.

Indeed, all eyes are now on Alvarez, who must face his WBC mandatory challenger in Golovkin. If he chooses not to, he will be stripped of his WBC title.

In his post-fight interview with HBO’s Max Kellerman, Alvarez said he does not fear anyone and that he was willing to fight Golovkin.

“Like we say in Mexico ‘we don’t fuck 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 would put on the gloves again and fight him,” said Alvarez.

Whether or not the fight will actually happen this year remains to be seen, but it’s the biggest fight that can be made in boxing.

If made, who do you think wins?

Check out Alvarez’s post-fight interview below:

 

Gabe Rivas has written for Round By Round Boxing since July of 2013. He studies Literature and Philosophy, tutors English, and teaches Boxing. Follow him on Instagram and on Twitter @GabeRivas03.

138 comments
Junior Baeza
Junior Baeza

Who was the smart fighter. Aamir Khan took that fight he did it for the paycheck.

Luis Cruz
Luis Cruz

Did anyone else notice how drugged out De La Hoya was hahaha Sage Hines Cipriano Blanco Chuy Zaragoza Kevin Cruz

Guillermo Rivas
Guillermo Rivas

That translator sucks at translating I can do a way better job than that contact me I'll translate word for word on the spot with the attitude the boxer meant it \U0001f44d\U0001f60e

Jojo Reed
Jojo Reed

Plain and simple, canelo can't beat GGG!!! So who will he fight next?

Steven White
Steven White

I understand canelo should fight ggg. But how are you going to complain about that right after he beat you? That's like his trainer admitting he knew khan didnt stand a chance lol

Abraham Bautista
Abraham Bautista

This is what a boastful guy like Amir Khan get. Better retire now or face another humiliation on your next fight.

Compa Daniel
Compa Daniel

Dam fight triple g that what be hard to know out

Van Velasco
Van Velasco

Khan doesn't duck nobody he would have fought ggg the next day if he won that nyt.

Van Velasco
Van Velasco

props to Khan..he's punched drunk here

Jose E Figueroa
Jose E Figueroa

Why didn't he defend the title against ggg. This fight was over since the day it was arranged

Ed L Estrella Sr.
Ed L Estrella Sr.

Did you understand Canelos interview after the fight??? He was talking mad shish! So put your belt were your mouth is and fight GGG plain and simple!!!

Lucian Balan
Lucian Balan

Canelo put him to sleep really nice tough that's all it matters \U0001f44d\U0001f44a They should mind their own fighter and not who Canelo takes on next lmao

Ileana Isabella Ley
Ileana Isabella Ley

At 1:55 of the video!!! It was so loud where I ended up watching the fight last night, but this is it right here... omgosh Enoc they're gonna make the fight with GGG happen!!! Lol

Maria Lopez
Maria Lopez

I dont believe no more win that they want be winner!!!

Sean Coleman
Sean Coleman

It's about time Khan hung his gloves tbh he's embarrassing to English boxing

Jorge Sandoval
Jorge Sandoval

Big mouth black guys, all the same around the world!

Ricky Talamante
Ricky Talamante

why would he fight at 155? middleweight division is 160, no excuses.

Melissa Reyes
Melissa Reyes

Am I the only one who can't stand that translator... He sucks!! \U0001f44e\U0001f3fc

Mark Lyons
Mark Lyons

Think Oscar has a thing for Canelo \U0001f633

Luis Sierra
Luis Sierra

Jose Gonzalez, Robert Lewis i told you guy's khan is going to get knocked out before 8 round and i told my boy Bryan by 6 raund

Anthony Ukeh
Anthony Ukeh

I'm sure Canelo want to fight GGG, and he said it many times, so why the fight waiting?

Byron Carrey
Byron Carrey

GGG will never fight because canelo can box

Anthony Ukeh
Anthony Ukeh

Byron Carrey but he want to fight Canelo and not catch weight, 160 is middleweight weight limit, if Canelo want catch weight he should drop that WBC belt.

Phil Jenko Jenkins
Phil Jenko Jenkins

Really stop hiding they say why is he hiding from brook then to scare he get knocked out again \U0001f44a\U0001f635\U0001f602

Allen Lafayette Newsome
Allen Lafayette Newsome

Ed L Estrella Sr. He went up because the last guy for him to fight in the division was GGG but it did not happen.

Colin Innes
Colin Innes

Ward's never been a middleweight and Golovkin has always been a middle as a pro

Mariano Jr Romero
Mariano Jr Romero

Lol loved the fact they were butt hurt and are in hopes of Canelo getting beat my GGG

Mariano Jr Romero
Mariano Jr Romero

No Ones mandatory if Canelo doesn't want GGG he doesn't get the fight Canelo isn't the challenger he doesn't have to take the fight

Ivan Dragovich
Ivan Dragovich

Stevie Lopez it looks that way but canelo wants to fight at 155 lb what is that ?

Eliseo Mendez Gonzalez
Eliseo Mendez Gonzalez

Just like people want canelo to go up and fight GGG. Triple G should also move up and fight Ward

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