Saul ‘Canelo’ Álvarez has won 39 of his 62 matches by knockout during his history-making career. Asked by DAZN to look back on his overtime winsCanelo highlighted one thing that ‘fears’ him – the right arm has medical staff rushing in to check on the opponent.
The Mexican and Amir Khan went head-to-head in 2016 in Las Vegas for the WBC and Ring middleweight titles. The British boxer moved up two weight classes to compete, although his 155lb weight made it a bit less jumpy than his usual welterweight class, and Canelo himself had previously competed in the light weight division. than.
Despite the reasonable hype surrounding the Mexican champion, Khan handled himself well in the early rounds, as both boxers scored and felt the other’s power. ‘King’ Khan’s speed is his best chance against Álvarez and gives him some success. Then, Canelo’s stunning knockout, and yes, terrifying, came in the sixth round.
“With Amir Khan, he scared me a little bit, I worried a little bit. I actually went over to see if he was okay. That is a natural reaction. The knockout is too strong. And on top of that, when he fell on the canvas, he broke his neck. So I thought something more than just a knockout happened.”
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The fistfight knocked Khan down in the truest sense of the word – falling rather than backing down. The unnatural fall and hard landing caused referee Kenny Bayless to only take one look before dismissing the game. No counts were made, and paramedics rushed through the ropes.
Thankfully, Khan is okay. Even though he’s been out of the ring for almost two yearshe returned in 2018 with a couple of wins before coming back against another generation of greats in Terence Crawford.
Canelo continues his belt collection. He has become undisputed in the super middle class in 2021.