The month of May gave the boxing world a lot of great action, but Canelo Alvarez’s casket clean knockout of Amir ‘King’ Khan was not only the knockout of the month for May of 2016, but it was chosen as Potshot Boxing’s (PSB) Fight of the Month for May 2016.
On May 7, 2016 Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez took one more leap towards a possible showdown with “The” middleweight champion of the world Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin as he figured out Amir Khan’s boxing game plan and put Khan to sleep for good in the 6th round.
The HBO PPV event between Canelo and Khan will be remembered by a lot of boxing fans as an example of how one punch in a fight can erase all the good work another fighter may have produced. The question leading up to this fight between Canelo and Khan was whether or not Amir ‘King’ Khan could box circles around Canelo enough to win the WBC middleweight title.
Khan looked outstanding for the first 3 rounds of this fight as his speed and good footwork gave Canelo a lot of trouble. Canelo was so frustrated in the 2nd round that he picked Khan up in the air as Referee Kenny Bayless had to break the 2 fighters up.
Canelo started to make progress in the 4th round as he slowly started to cut the ring off on Khan and land brutal power shots to Khan’s body. Khan would smile as if to say “you didn’t hurt me,” but the boxing world knew that Canelo’s power was evident as the power of Canelo started to take a huge effect on Khan as the fight moved on.
In round 5, Canelo stepped up the pace more as he continued to effectively cut the ring off and land power shots to Khan’s body. Khan tried to use his speed to offset the offense of Canelo, but Canelo prove to be too relentless for Khan’s speed.
As round 5 continued, not only did Canelo start to control the distance in the fight, but he also started to win the counterpunching battle as he started to time Khan with vicious hooks and straight shots to Khan’s head and body. Khan bravely fought back, but Canelo was closing the distance so fast that you could just feel that something big was about to happen.
In the 6th round Khan got back to what he started in the 1st round which was trying to box Canelo. Khan was moving well in the 6th, but made one brutal mistake that cost him the fight; he dropped his hands at the wrong time.
Canelo fainted to Khan’s body which caused Khan to drop his hands to protect his body. When Khan dropped his hands, Canelo came over the top with the most vicious overhand right of the year the knocked Khan out cold!
Referee Kenny Bayless immediately stopped the fight, and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez was awarded the 6th round KO victory, thus, successfully making the 1st defense of his WBC middleweight title.
Amir Khan and trainer Virgil Hunter had a great boxing game plan that actually worked for the first 3 rounds of this fight. Khan moved around Canelo and became the counterpuncher as he stunned Canelo in the 1st round with some hard counter shots.
Canelo continues the impress the boxing world, however, as he adjusted to the quickness of Khan, cut the ring off, and found a way to deliver the best knockout of 2016. After the knockout, Canelo was sincerely concerned about Amir Khan as he walked over to Khan’s motionless body to see if he was okay.
Canelo also invited Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin into the ring after the fight to announce to the boxing world that he is a Mexican fighter and Mexican fighters don’t mess around. Canelo assured the boxing world that he would fight Triple G tomorrow if he had his way.
Amir Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter added his 2 cents into the conversation by stating his fighter Khan stepped up to the plate and fought a bigger man in Canelo, so Canelo should stop running and do the same by fighting Triple G.
Well, the boxing world now knows of the recent news of Canelo Alvarez vacating his WBC middleweight title, thus, Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin is the new WBC middleweight champion. So Canelo Alvarez’s fight against Amir Khan is Potshot Boxing’s (PSB) Fight of the Month for May 2016, but did Canelo lose a little war with the boxing world by vacating his title?
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