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Saul “Canelo” Alvarez suc­cess­fully de­fended his World Box­ing Coun­cil mid­dleweight ti­tle in spec­tac­u­lar fashion yes­ter­day with a dev­as­tat­ing six­thround knock­out of Amir Khan in Las Ve­gas. The 25-year-old Mex­i­can dropped Khan with a straight right hand over a left jab that sent the Bri­ton crum­bling to the can­vas with just 23 sec­onds left in the round. The back of Khan’s head bounced off the deck, prompt­ing his cor­ner to rush to his aide as he lay there mo­tion­less for a cou­ple of min­utes. Khan even­tu­ally got up and went to his cor­ner as the sav­age end, to what was sup­posed to be the big­gest fight of his ca­reer, will un­doubt­edly strengthen the no­tion that he has a soft chin. The 29-year-old Khan started strong and even won the first cou­ple of rounds be­fore Alvarez worked his way into the fight at the brand new T-Mobile Arena. Alvarez is now man­dated by the WBC to fight un­beaten two-belt champ Gen­nady Golovkin, who was at ring­side. Alvarez-Khan was the first box­ing match to take place at the 20,000-ca­pac­ity T-Mobile Arena. The $375 mil­lion fa­cil­ity opened last month. AFP

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