Mexican boxer KOs Amir Khan to retain WBC middleweight title717 views
AMIR KHAN was knocked out by a bone-crunching right hand to the chin as Saul Alvarez retained the WBC world middleweight title.
Billed as a battle of speed against power, Khan had vowed to pull off one of boxing’s biggest upsets by toppling the Mexican at the new T-Mobile Arena.
But his challenge came to a shuddering halt as Alvarez clocked him with a booming shot to finish the fight 23 seconds before the end of round six.
Khan’s team and ringside officials quickly surrounded him, while the champion also briefly knelt by his side as the Brit was attended to.
It took time before he was back on his feet but thankfully appeared to be fine as Alvarez called out fellow champ Gennady Golovkin, who had watched the action from ringside.
Alvarez, 25, said: “I invited Golovkin to come to the ring. We don’t f*** around, I don’t fear anyone! I fear no one in this sport.
“Many people focus on my power, but I’ve got many more qualities in the ring. I like to surprise everyone.”
Khan, who stepped up from welterweight for the bout, added: “I showed my balls by getting in the ring with a big guy. I tried my best.”
The gutsy challenger had landed an early right hand to excite his travelling fans and a combo got them on their feet once again as he opened with an encouraging first round.
Alvarez began to look for the power punches in round two but Khan’s fast hands and movement kept him at bay, although the champion did land a stiff right at close range.
The Mexican scored with a powerful right in the third as he closed down his man — only for the challenger to later suggest the blows were not hurting him as he looked to stay out of trouble.
Alvarez’s single shots continued to connect in the following session but Khan, 29, kept moving, getting his punches off and then gliding out of range.
With the title-holder marching forward, Bolton’s finest was cut around his right eye in the fifth round.
Khan was caught with a crunching left in the sixth as Alvarez attempted to assert his authority and he was left motionless on the canvas by a massive right hand.
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