Canelo with a brutal KO win over Khan in round 6.
May 8, 2016
Anna Aguilar (131 articles)

Canelo with a brutal KO win over Khan in round 6.

LAS VEGAS – There was no better way to debut a boxing match at the new T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, than the way Golden Boy Promotions hosted it. In front of 16,540 fans, Amir “King” Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) was knocked out cold by Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) in the sixth round of their 12-round championship belt on Saturday night. Canelo successfully defended his WBC Middleweight and Ring Magazine Lineal Middleweight Championship titles.

Amir Khan started the fight well, showing his speed and boxing ability, at times having the champ miss huge shots. Canelo was at a slow start due to the speed and footwork of Khan. In the fourth round, Canelo started to find his rhythm and adjust to Khan’s game plan. The start of the sixth round, Canelo was landing hard solid hits on Khan that started to hurt Khan. In the last minute of the round, Canelo feinted a left that had Khan drop both hands and Canelo landed a hard right hand on Khan’s chin. The British was out cold before he even landed on the canvas.

Flash back to the end of 2012 to Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4, when Marquez put Pacquiao to sleep in round six. Khan was on his back, laid out when referee, Kenny Bayless automatically waved off the fight. Canelo, seeing his opponent lifeless on the canvas kneeled down to make sure he was ok. Representatives came into the ring, fanning off Khan until he finally came back to reality.

Tonight’s win for Canelo will push negotiations forward to face the mandatory middleweight challenger, unified champion, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya, addressed that he will be giving Golovkin’s representatives a call Sunday morning. Canelo invited Golovkin into the ring, who was watching the fight ring side. The fight between the two fighters could end up at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX.

“He was a little difficult at first, but I knew that I just had to keep with my game plan,” said Canelo at the post conference about Khan. “I knew that I had to keep feinting. Feinting is what opened up that punch.”

Amir Khan was unable to attend the post conference due to safety orders as he went to the hospital to be sure that he was okay after suffering that brutal knock out.

Oscar read a message from Khan that came in at the post conference. “I’m ok everyone, that’s boxing. Congrats to Canelo and much love to all my fans.”

Opening up the pay-per-view card, Curtis Stevens (28-5, 21 KOs) handed Patrick Teixeira (26-1, 22 KOs) his first loss. In round two, Stevens countered Teixeira’s right with a right hook to the chin and Teixeira went down. Teixeira got up, but was still dazed and wobbly. Referee, Tony Weeks stopped the fight at 2:03

Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez (21-0, 13 KOs) didn’t just silence his critics; he showed them that the student could school the teacher. In a ten-round welterweight bout, Gomez dominated Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (22-6, 7 KOs). Unlike most fighters, Gomez never was frustrated with Herrera’s style. Herrera was cut in the second round over his left eye. Gomez had control of the fight from beginning to end and won a unanimous decision. Judges had it 100-90 on all three scorecards.

Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (23-3, 15 KOs) returned to the ring as a middleweight to face former champion David Lemieux (35-3, 32 KOs). Lemieux’s speed was too much for Tapia as he couldn’t time Lemieux’s punches. In the fourth round, Lemieux landed a left hook to the chin of Tapia and down went Tapia for the first time in his career. He got up and made the ten count, but his trainer, Freddie Roach had referee Russell Mora stop the fight. Lemieux grabbed a fourth round TKO win and is now the new NABO Middleweight champion.

Jason Quigley (11-0, 10 KOs) and James De La Rosa (23-4, 13 KOs) opened up the free-view card on HBO pay-per-view. This was a huge step up for Quigley and De La Rosa gave him a hard test to accomplish. Quigley hasn’t been past the fourth round in his past ten bouts, tonight he did. De La Rosa, the more experienced veteran of the sport, pushed Quigley to go the distance. De La Rosa was not a push over; he was landed some hard hits on Quigley. There was a lot of patience between the fighters. In the eighth round, Quigley had De La Rosa momentarily hurt and against the ropes. Quigley won a unanimous decision, judges scored it 100-90.

Diego De La Hoya (15-0, 9 KOs), undefeated rising star prospect from Mexicali, successfully defended his WBC Youth World Super Bantamweight title against Rocco Santomauro (13-1, 1 KOs). De La Hoya remained relaxed in the ring against the too busy Santomauro. Some of De La Hoya’s left hooks didn’t seem to hurt Santomauro. In round two, De La Hoya a straight right and Rocco hit the canvas. In round seven, referee Jay Nady deducted one point from Diego for having to warn him three times for punches below the belt. In the same round De La Hoya hurts the already bloody Santomauro with an uppercut and Nady waved off the fight at 1:59.


All Photos By: Mikey Williams/For Hogan Photos



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