LAS VEGAS — Middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez had a lot of problems with a speed and transformation of Amir Khan, usually a approach Khan and his group planned. Then Alvarez connected.
Alvarez, a complicated favorite, landed a beast right palm to Khan’s chin in a sixth round, and that was it, as he brutally knocked Khan out before a throng of 16,540 on Saturday in a categorical eventuality of a initial fighting label during a new T-Mobile Arena.
The mostly Mexican throng entertaining Alvarez on during Cinco de Mayo weekend erupted as Alvarez defended a middleweight pretension in his initial defense, 6 months after holding it from Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision. Alvarez and Khan fought during a catchweight of 155 pounds.
With Khan vanquished, a vigour on Alvarez to quarrel Golovkin subsequent will be intense. Before a fight, he and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya sounded really demure to dedicate to a quarrel next. If Alvarez doesn’t quarrel Golovkin next, he is to be nude of his title.
Khan was behest to turn usually a third warrior to win a universe pretension during youth welterweight and middleweight, along with Cotto and De La Hoya. He and his trainer, Virgil Hunter, pronounced Alvarez needs to quarrel Golovkin subsequent in what would be a biggest quarrel in fighting this side of a Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch.
“I consider it’s time that Canelo stairs in a ring with Triple G,” Khan said.
Added Hunter, “He’s got to quit stealing behind a dwindle and quarrel Triple G. Amir set a tone. He’s got to stop stealing behind a dwindle and quarrel a quarrel that we all wish to see.”
In an talk ringside with Jim Lampley during a HBO PPV telecast, Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs), who has done 16 defenses and knocked out 22 opponents in a row, was asked if he would accept a catchweight between 154 and 160 for a fight. Alvarez prefers 155 pounds. The weight for a quarrel has been a vital indicate of row between a camps.
“I am old-school. Middleweight is 160,” Golovkin said. “I honour a competition of boxing.”
After a fight, when De La Hoya and Alvarez addressed a intensity fight, they had a most opposite response than they have had in new weeks.
“Golovkin, make certain we answer your phone tomorrow morning,” De La Hoya said. “We will call you. Make certain we answer your phone tomorrow.”
Said Alvarez: “Like we pronounced in Mexico, ‘We don’t f— around.’ We don’t come to play in this sport. we fear no one in this sport. I’ll quarrel him right now. Let’s put a gloves on and get in there with him.”
No need to do it right now. Sep will do usually fine.