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Canelo destroys Khan with 6th round KO

Canelo KOs Khan

An absolutely devastating overhand right by Canelo Alvarez did what everybody thought it would, knocked Amir Khan out cold as he retained his WBC World middleweight title on Saturday.

Alvarez’ power was doing so much damage in that fight, and in the sixth round he feint a left, caught Khan trying to counter and ended his night without a need for a 10 count. And there was real worry about Khan. He was motionless for quite a bit of time but was finally revived and taken out of the ring.

All along the worry was how Khan’s chin would hold up against such a powerful puncher who is still just entering the prime of his career; especially when he moved up two weight classes to test it. It didn’t hold up at all. The first great shot Alvarez landed allowed him to retain his title.

But what was surprising was how long it took him to land that knockout shot.

Khan’s speed really troubled Alvarez early in the fight. Though multiple referees has Alvarez leading on the card at the time of the knockout, Khan easily could have been ahead as his constant movement set him up for some great combinations. And his hand speed was still there at the heavier weight. Alvarez just eventually broke through it.

And sitting ringside for the fight was unified titleholder Gennady Golovkin, who has been calling to fight Alvarez, and after their exchange after the fight, and the WBC making Golovkin the mandatory challenger for Alvarez, it does not seem like there will be any more waiting to make it happen.

Those two are two of the best in the world, both with massive power that can end anybody’s night in an instant. The weight just appears to be the issue. Alvarez likes to defend the middleweight belt at 155, but Golovkin refused to go below 160, which is the threshold for the weight class.

As for Khan, he admitted that he is a natural 147, but he wants to fight the best boxing has to offer and that meant going up. But he is likely to go back down in weight. He can get a rematch with Danny Garcia as he is his No. 1 contender for his belt, but needing to rebound from this loss might make that a tough fight to take right away.

Khan was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons after the fight but tweeted out a picture of himself smiling and saying he was okay.

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