Wow! Canelo Alvarez finished Amir Khan on Saturday night (May 7) in spectacular fashion with a brutal 6th round knockout that left Khan on the canvas for several minutes.
The 25-year-old retained his WBC middleweight title, but was noticeably concerned when the referee called the fight, as his opponent laid there seemingly unconscious. However, Khan eventually got up off the canvas, telling his team he was okay.
Amir was giving Canelo problems early in the fight, thanks to his speed and movement. He controlled the fight and had the champ missing punches by inches. But, by the fifth round, Alvarez was had closed the gap and landed a big shot that opened up a cut over Khan’s right eye.
In the sixth, Khan’s production slowed as he attempted to guard his eye… and eventually, Canelo connected with an overhand right that landed on the button. That was all she wrote.
Canelo earned his first title defense after earning a unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto six months earlier.
Unified titleholder Gennady Golovkin was sitting ringside, and is now, Alvarez’s mandatory challenger. Both camps made a deal with the WBC under which both would take interim fights and then fight in September.