Mexican boxing super star and WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion Canelo Álvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) showed once again why he’s one of the best knockout artist in the boxing game today.
With a perfectly timed right hook, Canelo viciously knocked out of former two-time world champion Amir “King” Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) in a knockout which will be in the running for knockout of the year. The smaller Kahn was motionless for about five minutes after the punch before getting up to his feet.
“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,” Álvarez said. “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.
In the beginning, Khan’s speed proved to be tricky for Canelo, as he unleashed his famous ‘punches in bunches’ in rounds one and two.
In round three, Canelo and Khan both showed movement around the ring coupled with exchanges including a mid-ring flurry of punches from both fighters. But it was in round six that Canelo demonstrated for the crowd his famous power, landing a right hook and knocking Khan straight onto his back on the canvas which forced veteran referee Kenny Bayless to stop the fight without a 10 count.
“I want to thank everyone for coming,” said Amir “King” Khan. “I think it’s time for Canelo to step up to GGG, just like I stepped up to fight him. I tried as much as I could and trained very hard for this fight. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the result I wanted. 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. I want to be the best, and to be the best I have to fight the best.”
While Khan is moving back down to welterweight, Canelo is in line for a super fight with unified WBA (Super), IBF, IBO, and WBC (interim) middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
After Canelo’s spectacular knockout victory, Golovkin told the Dallas Blitz Weekly in an exclusive interview his thoughts on a potential showdown with the biggest star in boxing today:
“It was a great performance tonight; congratulations to Canelo and his team. I respect Kahn for moving up two weight classes but he’s not a middleweight fighter. Every understands and respects Canelo needs a middleweight fighter like me. I want that fight because that belt is mine and I’m willing to fight anyone for it. He says he is ready but don’t be surprised if he’s not. My goal is get all the belts in the middleweight division and I won’t stop until I accomplish my goal.”
Boxing fans won’t have long to wait as Canelo and his team have a mandatory 15-day window, starting May 9, to strike a deal for a fight between middleweight titleholders Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin for the fall.