Saul “Canelo” Alvarez knocked Amir “King” Khan out cold on Saturday night at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
This was the first ever boxing match at the venue. 16,540 attended the fight.
Both Canelo and Khan fought at a catchweight of 155 lb. Canelo defended both his WBC and The Ring middleweight title, six months after his fight against Miguel Cotto. This was the first time Khan fought in almost a year.
The T-Mobile Arena was filled with Alvarez supporters. When Khan’s name was announced prior to the fight, the arena was filled with boos. It was a huge contrast compared to when Alvarez’ name was announced. The crowd cheered loudly. Fitting, considering it was the Cino de Mayo weekend.
While Alvarez was the favorite, the knock out was still a giant twist. Khan actually had a good start to the fight. He had control, with his speed being a problem for Canelo.
In the beginning of the fight, Khan actually connected his hits, landing body shots.
Things took a quick change eventually in round five. Canelo seemed to have figured out Khan’s “blueprint” and began picking up the pace.
Canelo catching up immediately ended with an exclamation point: Canelo knocked out Khan with a devastating right hand to the chin.
Khan, even though he had his eyes open, was knocked out clean.
It was a scary knockout, as Khan didn’t get up after a few moments.
Despite a slow start, Canelo admitted to expecting Khan’s speed.
“Like I said from the beginning, I knew he was very fast and knew it would be competitive in the beginning. But I knew time would come to my favor, and you saw that. Many people focus on my power and talk about my power, but I have many more qualities in the ring. I like to surprise everyone.”
Canelo landed 64 out of 170 punches while Khan landed 48 out of 166.
In the midst of the chaos in the ring, a similar face, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin was sitting ringside with his trainer, Abel Sanchez and his manager, Tom Loeffler.
Golovkin entered the ring.
Of course, Golovkin kept it classy, as he said he would after his win against Dominic Wade on April 23rd. Golovkin refrained from causing any drama and did not crash Canelo’s post-fight interview with Max Kellerman.
But, why did he enter the ring? Canelo himself actually invited him.
When asked if he planned on fighting Golovkin later this year, Canelo did not miss a beat, saying,
“Like I said in Mexico, ‘We don’t f— around.’ We don’t come to play in this sport. I fear no one in this sport. I’ll fight him right now. Let’s put the gloves on and get in there with him.”
Khan himself did not hesitate to talk about his feelings about Golovkin vs. Canelo.
“It’s time for Canelo to get in the ring with GGG!”
Not surprinsgly, Golovkin has not been quiet about his feelings about fighting Canelo either. Hours prior to the fight, Golovkin tweeted that “It doesn’t matter who wins. #GiveMeMyBelt”.
Immediately after the fight, Golovin tweeted to give respect to all the fighters that fought, but that he was also ready for Canelo.