Saul Canelo Alvarez feared the worst after brutally knocking out Amir Khan in 2016. Amir Khan made the shock decision to jump from welterweight to challenge for the WBC middleweight title, which Canelo held at the time.
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And despite the early round of resistance, the 2004 Olympic hero ruthlessly fell unconscious in round six following Canelo’s powerful right-handed strike. Khan was on his back, staring at the lights as Canelo knelt beside him and showed his concern. And even to this day, the Mexican hints that he was afraid to kill the Englishman after the knockout victory.
Canelo said in a DAZN documentary: “With Amir Khan – he scares me a little bit, I feel a little worried. I actually went to see if he was okay. It was a natural reaction – the knockout was too strong.”
“And on top of that, when he fell to the canvas, he twisted his neck badly. So I think something more than a knockout has happened.”
Amir Khan, now retired at 35, moved up from the 66.6kg class to 70.3kg, which is 0.4kg above the light-middleweight limit. But he famously claimed Canelo piled over 12.7kg before their fight.
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Amir Khan is admittedly never the same after a loss and despite challenging for the world title again, he is hanging up the gloves this year. For Canelo, he is still the biggest star in the sport and returned at the weekend to complete his trilogy series with Gennadiy Golovkin.
They controversially drew in 2017 before Golovkin lost in an epic rematch a year later. And after 24 classic rounds, Khan previously backed his former foe to be the first to stop GGG, securing a double over Kazakhstan.