Saul “Canelo” Alvarez Devastatingly KOs Amir “King” Khan in Round 6
In a fight that finally pitted Amir Khan against a big name in a big venue against champion Canelo Alvarez for his WBC Middleweight belt, fireworks erupted in at 2:37 of the 6th round with a big right hand.
After an impressive strategy of using angles and distance-control frustrated Alvarez for the majority of five rounds, in the 6th Alvarez finally connected on what most believed was the inevitable; a clean right hand that spun the jabbing Khan and then planted him flat on his back.
The KO left Khan’s eyes soulless and referee Kenny Bayless had no choice but to call an end to the bout. Canelo was one of the first to rush over to check on Khan in true showman’s form.
Alvarez was up on two of the three judge’s score cards, leading 49-46 on Glenn Trowbridge’s card and 48-47 on Glenn Feldman’s at the time of the knockout. Judge Adalaide Byrd had Khan up 48-47.
Afterward, Canelo invited IBF, WBA and interim WBC belts Middleweight titleholder, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin into the ring and let him know he wants to fight him just as much as the fans want to see it.
Mauricio Sulaiman, President of the WBC, allowed the Canelo-Khan fight to happen with the stipulation that the winner must fight Triple G next or face being stripped of the belt.
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So now the answers to questions of this much-hoped for mega-fight all reside with promoter Oscar De La Hoya, who must set that date or risk his champion losing the belt and the love he has so carefully built from the boxing world. The sold out crowd of 16,540 was the first boxing event held in the new $375 million T-Mobile Arena.
Co-main event David Lemieux pounded Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia knocking him out in the 4th round heating up the Middleweight division even more.
Alistair “The Reem” Overeem kicks his way to a KO over Andrei “The Pitcbull” Arlovski in the 2nd Round
Overeem, looking for a run at the Heavyweight title, wasted no time in making a case for his inclusion in the title contention conversation in his native Holland at the Rotterdam Ahoy Arena.
Arlovski, the former UFC Heavyweight champion, got right into the fight, pressuring Amsterdam’s Overeem to the fence with a flurry that was defended well. Soon Overeem was able to score with a knee at close range and with a kick to the body, That set up control as he tripped Arlovski to the canvas, keeping him there until the end of the round while landing hard punches in the process.
In round two, a furious striking exchange began with Overeem putting an end to it with a left kick to the head that stunned Arlovski, followed by a left hook that put him on the deck.
“The Pit Bull” covered up, and after a volley of follow-up shots from Overeem, referee Marc Goddard stepped in and stopped the fight at the 1:12 mark of the second round.
Co-main eventers Stefan Struve knocked out Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in 16 seconds of the first round with a right hand and then a right knee that led to a succession of hammer fists and elbows the Brazilian couldn’t overcome.
The win was the third fastest knockout in UFC history.