Canelo crushes Khan in 6
Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) successfully retained his WBC middleweight title with a brutal, one-punch knockout of Amir Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) in front of 16,540 fans at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Despite the devastating end to the fight, it was actually going Khan’s way early on, as Amir used his hand speed and superior footwork to make Canelo miss his big punches, while Khan was able to connect with quick combinations.
“He is a fast fighter, and I knew things would be complicated in beginning, but I knew they would come to my favor as the fight went on,” Alvarez would say after the fight. “People have known me only for my power. I have many more qualities in the ring and I showed that. I think people saw more of me tonight. Someone that comes in to box gives you more trouble and someone that comes right in is a little easier to fight.”
After Khan seemingly took the first two rounds, Alvarez had a better third round, as he connected to the body and buzzed Khan for a brief moment midway through the round with a left hook. The two would appear to trade the next two rounds, as Khan fired off rapid punches upstairs and Canelo’s power shots began to land more frequently.
Then in the sixth round, Alvarez throw and connected with a booming right cross over a lazy hook from Khan that had him out cold before he even hit the canvas. Time of the knockout was 2:37, while the judges had it 48-47 (Canelo), 49-46 (Canelo) and 48-47 (Khan) going into the sixth round. 3MoreRounds had it 48-47 for Khan.
“I didn’t make it to the end, but I tried my best,” said Khan. “I want to be the best, and I want to fight the best. That is why I took this fight.”
After the fight, Canelo said he was ready to face Golovkin next.
“I invited him to come to the ring,” declared Alvarez. “Like we say in Mexico ‘we don’t f*ck around.’ I don’t fear anyone; we don’t come to play in this sport. I fear no one in this sport. Right now I will put on the gloves again and fight him!”
Earlier in the evening, David Lemieux (35-3, 32 KOs) scored a fourth-round stoppage of Glen Tapia (23-3, 15 KOs). Lemieux was in control from the start as he pounded Tapia to the head and body in the first two rounds. Tapia however made it competitive in the third round, trading with Lemieux, but still taking big punches. Then in the fourth round, Lemieux floored Tapia, who beat the count, but his corner had other ideas as they decided to throw in the towel to stop the fight.
Also in action was Frankie Gomez (21-0, 13 KOs), who came in and dominated the highly regarded Mauricio Herrera (22-5, 7 KOs), en route to a unanimous decision win.
Gomez, who has been criticized as of late for failing to make weight in recent bouts, looked solid and was never frustrated by the cagey Herrera, who has given plenty of top fighters difficult fights. Gomez simply outworked Herrera, while breaking him down and frustrating him round after round.
Final scores were 100-90 from all three judges.
In the opening bout, Curtis Stevens (28-5, 21 KOs) handed the previously unbeaten Patrick Teixeira (26-1, 22 KOs) the first loss of his pro career. Stevens, who was somehow considered the “opponent” for the fight, outclassed the hard-hitting but largely untested Teixeira.
Stevens worked his jab and constantly landed combinations against the stationary Teixeira, until a huge right hand from Stevens sent Teixeira down in the fourth round. Teixeira beat the count but was on unsteady legs and the referee smartly waved it off.
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