It felt odd watching Canelo Alvarez up in the ring with British prizefighter, Amir Khan when the two fought last May 2016 at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas. Canelo Alvarez is currently the Ring magazine and a lineal middleweight boxing champion. He has not fought in a lower weight since 2010 against Jose Cotto.
On the other hand, Amir Khan is regarded as a natural 140-pound fighter, having held titles in the WBA and the IBF. Among his best performances in this division, were against former champions Zab Judah and Marcos Maidana.
Khan’s move to the Welterweight was trying to set up a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., which never took place. After fighting four times as a Welterweight he decided to move up even higher to face Canelo Alvarez at Middleweight, which 14 pounds north of his natural fighting weight.
Fight fans regarded the matchup as a joke, but it certainly was not funny. Canelo Alvarez landed a devastating knockout punch in the 6th round that obliterated Khan’s unguarded ambition.
At the post-fight press conference, Khan told reporters that it was time for Alvarez to man up and fight the boxer his fans wanted him to face- Russia’s Gennady Golovkin.
It was time Alvarez fought someone of his own size.
However, the highly anticipated fight with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will have to wait for another year to happen, as Alvarez announced earlier today that he would be back in the ring in September against the little known WBO super welterweight champion Liam Smith. It will be on HBO PPV.
Canelo Alvarez described Liam “Beefy” Smith as a boxer with real knockout power. His record is 23-0-1. The undefeated British prizefighter knocked out his last 8 opponents, albeit the quality of his opponents remains a big question in the minds of boxing fans.
Instead of fighting GGG as expected, following his win over Amir Khan, Canelo Alvarez vacated his WBC Middleweight title last May to fight a relative unknown.
After losing his title without throwing a single punch, the WBC immediately awarded the title to Gennady Golovkin.
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