On Saturday night boxing fans added an extra $60 to their monthly cable bill to tune into the main event at the T-Mobile center in Las Vegas, as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez put his WBC Middleweight title on the line against Amir Khan. It only took six rounds for Canelo to demonstrate his power as he picked up his 47th win by technical knockout against Khan. Canelo walked out of the T-Mobile center still the WBC Middleweight champion after a successful title defense.
The largely Mexican crowd cheered for their champion as Canelo made his way to the ring. In the ring awaited the challenger from the United Kingdom, Amir Khan. This would be Canelo’s first title defense since his victory over former champion Miguel Cotto back on November 2015. Sitting ringside was Gennady Golovkin, the next challenger who looks to be in line for Canelo’s WBC Middleweight championship.
The fight started and throughout the first two rounds the champion seemed to be having trouble keeping up with Khan’s hand speed. As round three ended, Canelo seemed to have figured out his opponent’s game plan after he tasted Khan’s quickness. Rounds 3-5 went to Canelo, according to the judge’s scorecards, as he consistently beat on his Khan’s body with his jabs. Khan’s facial expression told the story of Canelo’s power, which was the advantage he had coming into the fight. With 30 seconds left in round six, Canelo delivered a devastating right hook that laid Khan unresponsive in the center of the ring. Canelo’s right hook landed point blank on Khan’s jaw, where his previous opponents have exposed as his weak spot.
With Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao walking away from the ring after their last fights, Canelo Alvarez has become the face of boxing, with his only loss coming at the hands of Mayweather back in 2013. After the fight, the boxing world wanted to point their attention to the bird in the arena, and get a clear answer from Canelo on whether or not he will defend his title against Golovkin, aka GGG, later this year.
“I invited him to the ring, like we say in Mexico, we don’t f*** around. The belts here we can put aside, we ought to fight for honor and glory,” said Alvarez during the post-fight interview. “We don’t come to play in this sport. I fear no man in this sport. I’ll fight him right now. I’ll put the gloves on and get in there with him,” stated Canelo.
If the fight does take place it would be in November. Canelo will come in with a record of 47 wins on 33 KO’s, one loss, and one draw. GGG holds a record of 35 wins on 32 KO’s, zero losses, and zero draws. It is the next mega fight fans are itching for after the disappointing show Mayweather and Pacquiao delivered last May of 2015.