Alvarez delivers KO punch to Khan in sixth

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Alvarez delivered a sixth-round knockout of Amir Khan.

Amir Khan stepped up two weight grades (to middleweight) in order to fight Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez for the WBC title,

The Brit took a sizable gamble in fighting the naturally bigger Mexican and eventually the difference became apparent with a devastating knockout punch in the sixth round after a close contest.

 


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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez proved size really does matter as he ended the discussion against Amir Khan with a chilling knock-out 23 seconds before the end of round six at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Khan had gambled here in Vegas by jumping up two weight classes from welterweight to challenge for the lineal and WBC middleweight titles against the bigger man in Alvarez but the risk did not pay off for the Englishman.

Huge fights now loom for Canelo as he bids to cement his place as one of the biggest attractions in the sport, while Khan, who suffered the fourth defeat of his 35-fight career, faces another rebuilding job.

Here, Declan Taylor looks at what could be next for Khan.

1) DANNY GARCIA

Khan has spoken this week about having ‘unfinished business’ down in his natural welterweight division. What he appears to mean by that is the WBC champion Danny Garcia, who knocked him out in the fourth round of their 2012 contest. Khan was the No.1 contender for Garcia’s belt before this fight and, if his future lies back down at 147lbs, this fight is a distinct possibility. This fight would be big enough to headline a show here in Vegas and, with both men advised by Al Haymon, it seems like an easy one to make.

2) KELL BROOK
The all-British super fight that everyone in the UK wants to see might just have been made more likely by Khan’s defeat in Vegas. Brook holds the IBF welterweight belt and is desperate to get his hands on his English rival, who may have never agreed to take him on had he beaten Canelo. But, even after this loss, Khan would still earn a huge amount of money by facing Brook in a football stadium somewhere in the UK.

3) RETIREMENT?
This was Khan’s 35th fight in a career which has gleaned two world titles and a lot of money in the bank. Away from boxing, Khan is a very busy man, too. He has his charity – The Amir Khan Foundation – which is doing work in the UK and Pakistan, among other places, and he has a young daughter at home that he does not see when he is in training camp. Although it seems unlikely at this point, 29-year-old Khan might just decide that he’s had enough of the sport and hang up his gloves up for good.

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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez proved size really does matter as he ended the discussion against Amir Khan with a chilling knock-out 23 seconds before the end of round six at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Khan had gambled here in Vegas by jumping up two weight classes from welterweight to challenge for the lineal and WBC middleweight titles against the bigger man in Alvarez but the risk did not pay off for the Englishman.

Huge fights now loom for Canelo as he bids to cement his place as one of the biggest attractions in the sport, while Khan, who suffered the fourth defeat of his 35-fight career, faces another rebuilding job.

Here, Declan Taylor looks at what could be next for Canelo.

1) GENNADY GOLOVKIN

This is a fight that simply has to happen. Golovkin, arguably the biggest puncher on the planet, is the mandatory challenger to Canelo’s WBC belt and the governing body have ordered the pair to fight next. Of course, that means little in boxing. Canelo could simply vacate the belt and avoid having to fight Golovkin, who insists he will not drop below the 160lb middleweight limit – like Khan did – to face the Mexican. But Mexicans are proud, proud boxing people and Canelo would never live it down if it looked like he had ‘ducked’ Golovkin in any way.

2) MANNY PACQUIAO
One of the more surprising suggestions of fight week was Bob Arum revealing that his fighter, Manny Pacquiao, could be the next opponent for Canelo. Pacquiao claimed last month’s victory over Timothy Bradley was the final outing of his glittering career but many expect the Filipino to fight again, especially if he fails to win a seat in the Senate back home. Pacman is a multi-weight champion and victory over Canelo at middleweight would represent yet another one on his record.

3) DAVID LEMIEUX
Montreal middleweight Lemieux sparkled on the undercard here in Vegas, stopping Glen Tapia in the fourth round of their contest. With 32 knockouts from his 35 wins, Lemieux is a genuine crowd pleaser and a clash with Canelo would be about as fan friendly as it gets. Like Canelo, the 27-year-old is also promoted by Golden Boy so, in theory, it would be an easy fight to make however it remains to be seen whether Oscar De La Hoya would want to match two of his big stars against each other. Golovkin has already beaten Lemieux, though, stopping him in eight back in October.

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