By John J. Raspanti
(Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing)
Canelo Alvarez was stalking--while Amir Khan was boxing. Khan was doing fine until a big right hand knocked him out in round six at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Saturday night.
In the opening stanza, both fighters established their jabs. Khan used the ring and glided to his left. He landed a stinging right hand. Alvarez connected with a couple of left hooks. Khan took the punches well.
In round two, Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) walked into a right hand. Both fighters connected with left hooks. Khan (31-4, 23 KOs) was working well off his back foot. He snapped his jab. Alvarez stalked, but couldn’t land. Khan’s mobility was causing Alvarez to miss many of his shots.
The 25-year-old Alvarez started to get going in round three. He landed a sweeping left hook to the head. Khan, 29, boxed and moved. Alvarez went to the body with authority. Khan drilled Alvarez with a right hook.
Alvarez kept up the pressure in round four. His focus was Khan’s body. A number of heavy right hooks to Khan’s side landed. Khan fought back with a triple jab. Alvarez responded by popping Khan with his own left.
The always calm Alvarez wobbled Khan with a sweeping hook in round five. Khan feinted, popped, and circled to his right. Alvarez concentration continued to be to the body. His blows were hard and steady. The stronger Alvarez appeared to be taking over the match.
In round six, Khan flashed his speed, but Alvarez dodged the blows. Alvarez connected with a strong combination. Just past the two minute mark, Alvarez feinted to Khan’s body. The move brought the former champions gloves down ever so slightly. Alvarez let fly with a heat seeking right that landed flush on Khan’s chin. The English boxer was out before he crashed to the canvas.
The time was 2:37 seconds of round six.
“He’s a fast fighter,” said the victorious Alvarez in the ring. ”I knew things would be complicated in the beginning. People focus on my power, but I can do a lot of things.”
“I wanted to go out there like a champion.,” said a very disappointed Khan. “I tried my best.”