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Canelo lands devastating knockout punch

(From left to right) Future Hall of Famer and Golden Boy Promotions Partner Bernard Hopkins, Referee Kenny Bayless, WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De la Hoya pose after Canelo’s sixth round knockout victory over former Two-Time World Champion Amir “King” Khan on May 7, 2016 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Photo by Tom Hogan

(From left to right) Future Hall of Famer and Golden Boy Promotions Partner Bernard Hopkins, Referee Kenny Bayless, WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De la Hoya pose after Canelo’s sixth round knockout victory over former Two-Time World Champion Amir “King” Khan on May 7, 2016 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Photo by Tom Hogan

Amir Khan’s gamble to win the world middleweight title by stepping up two weight divisions ended in the dust of the Mojave desert in defeat as he was brutally knocked out by WBC champion Saul Alvarez in the sixth round.

The 29-year-old made a promising start, using his speed and a smart elusiveness as he appeared to build an early lead. However, Khan did not have enough power to trouble the Mexican who began to load up with his power shots from round four onwards.

Two of the judges had Khan behind when he was felled by the long powerful right hand of “Canelo” Alvarez. This was Khan’s fourth defeat in his 35th fight. Alvarez moved to 47-1-1.

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