LAS VEGAS — For five rounds, Canelo Alvarez chased Amir Khan around the ring, looking to land the big punch every knew was coming.
Then, as quickly as you could snap your fingers, Alvarez plowed a powerful overhand right hand flush into Khan’s notoriously susceptible jaw, and the British fighter crumpled to the canvas, his head bouncing off the canvas and then he was out cold. And just like that, it was over.
At 2:37 of the sixth round, the pro-Canelo crowd roared its approval as Canelo raised his hands and it was all over. No 10-count necessary.
The Mexican superstar, who seems to have all the qualifications to take over as the face of boxing, retained his WBC middleweight title thanks to his spectacular knockout.
And with that, the inaugural boxing card in front of a near sellout crowd of 16,540 at the gorgeously new T-Mobile Center was history, as thousands of Canelo fans went home happy, a nice completion of the Cinco de Mayo holiday that Canelo now owns, at least in Sin City.
Gennady Golovkin, the unified middleweight champion who also holds the WBC interim belt, was an interested ringside observer and saw it unfold. After it was over, Alvarez came over to the ropes and gestured to Golovkin to come into the ring, as if to say, “You’re next.”
“Like I said in Mexico, ‘We don’t (expletive) around,’ ” said Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs). “We don’t come to play in this sport. I fear no one in this sport.
“I’ll fight (Triple G) right now. Let’s put the gloves on and get in there with him.”
Khan and trainer Virgil Hunter both agreed that Alvarez should fight Golovkin next.
“I think it’s time that Canelo steps in the ring with Triple G,” said Khan (31-4, 19 KOs).
Said Hunter: “He’s gotta quit hiding behind the flag and fight Triple G.”