Canelo Alvarez defended his World Boxing Council middleweight belt by knocking out Amir Khan with a vicious right hand late in the sixth round of their Las Vegas title fight.
The 25-year-old hard-hitting Mexican dropped Khan with a straight right over a passive left jab that sent the Briton crumpling to the canvas with just 23 seconds left in the round on Saturday. Khan eventually got up and went to his corner.
“Many people talk about my power but I have many more qualities in the ring and people saw that,” Alvarez said. “I like to surprise everyone.”
The savage end to what was supposed to be the biggest fight of Khan’s career will undoubtedly strengthen the notion that he has a soft chin. It was a shocking end to what had been a close fight up to that point.
The 29-year-old Khan, who moved up two weight classes to face the bigger champ, started strong before Alvarez worked his way into the fight.
Alvarez is now mandated by the WBC to fight unbeaten two-belt champ Gennady Golovkin, who was at the ringside on Saturday.