Amir Khan couldn’t have fought a better fight against Canelo Alvarez. He was speedy, landed more and was up on all scorecards heading into the sixth round. It was close, but then Alvarez found his range as the fight went on. The power shots that were whiffing early finally landed and put Khan out cold.
And as he was being interviewed in the middle of the ring, he called out the undefeated Gennady Golovkin. If that fight happens, it’ll probably be one of the biggest boxing matches without the names Pacquiao, Mayweather or Klitschko in years.
This could be one of the best KOs of 2016.
Alvarez came into the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas as undoubtedly the favorite against Khan, who would be moving up two weight classes to take on the WBC middleweight champ. It’s not quite Conor McGregor moving up to fight Nate Diaz, but some were calling the 155 pound catchweight title bout “140 versus 160.” This was a big deal.
The first few rounds showed off the speed of the fighters, and Khan was able to move in and out while scoring points at will.
The Twitter users, so confident in Khan winning, didn’t see the fight like the judges.
Even though Khan was heroic in stepping up to fight the bigger man with the world championship on the line, it seemed like reports stating ticket sales were low was true. Boxing fans are notorious for arriving late, but this is ugly.
Without Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather, boxing seems like it’s on the downturn in the States. Maybe a fight between Alvarez and Golovkin can generate some excitement among more casual boxing fans. This outcome leading to a Canelo/GGG fight could certainly do it.