Al­varez KOs Khan to re­tain WBC mid­dleweight ti­tle

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LOS AN­GE­LES— Canelo Al­varez de­fended his World Boxing Council mid­dleweight belt by knock­ing out Amir Khan with a vi­cious right hand late in the sixth round of their Las Ve­gas ti­tle fight.

The 25- year- old hard- hit­ting Mex­i­can dropped Khan with a straight right over a pas­sive left jab that sent the Bri­ton crum­pling 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

The sav­age end to what was sup­posed to be the big­gest fight of Khan’s ca­reer will un­doubt­edly strengthen the no­tion that he has a soft chin.

It was a shock­ing end to what had been a close fight up to that point.

The 29- year- old Khan, who moved up two weight classes to face the big­ger champ, 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. KOs) stood in the cen­ter of the ring and called out Golovkin dur­ing the post- match in­ter­view.

“I in­vited him to the ring,” Al­varez said. “Like we say in Mex­ico .... We don’t fight for rings and stuff. We don’t come to play. I fear no one in this sport.”

At Fri­day’s weigh- in, both box­ers scaled 155 pounds, bang on the catch­weight limit.

Many Mex­i­cans were in Las Ve­gas to cel­e­brate the Cinco de Mayo fes­ti­val week­end, mean­ing the ma­jor­ity of the crowd was on Al­varez’s side.

There was also a vo­cal con­tin­gent of Khan’s fans, who made the trip from Bri­tain for the ti­tle fight.

Also in at­ten­dance at ring­side were boxing leg­ends Evan­der Holy­field, Roberto Du­ran and Roy Jones as well as fight pro­moter Os­car de la Hoya.

The chal­lenge for for­mer ju­nior wel­ter­weight cham­pion Khan is to over­come an­other crush­ing knock­out as his record dropped to 31- 4 with 19 knock­outs.

“I showed my balls by get­ting into the ring with a big guy. I am one of those fight­ers who will step in the ring with who­ever,” said Khan, who was knocked out for the third time in his ca­reer.

This was Khan’s first go at mid­dleweight and he said he has no plans to con­tinue to fight in the 160- pound di­vi­sion.

“The chal­lenge came and it was hard to turn down. My nat­u­ral weight is 147 and I will be go­ing down to that,” he said.

Al­varez- Khan was the first boxing match to take place at the 20,000- ca­pac­ity arena. The $ 375 mil­lion fa­cil­ity opened last month.— AFP by PCB due to some in­jury, “our main fo­cus will be on his per­for­mance”.

When asked that in the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion will Afridi be au­to­mat­i­cally se­lected for cen­tral con­tract like pre­vi­ous years, Sha­har­yar said “this de­ci­sion will be taken by the selec­tion com­mit­tee”.

The cur­rent cen­tral con­tract awarded to play­ers will end on June 30, 2016. Afridi is

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