Canelo Alvarez reveals he feared for Amir Khan’s life after his 2016 KO win

‘I thought something more than a knockout had happened’: Canelo Alvarez reveals he feared he could have killed Amir Khan when they fought in 2016, claiming the punch was ‘too strong’ for the Brit

  • Canelo Alvarez knocked out British boxer Amir Khan back in a fight in 2016
  • The Mexican has revealed he was “scared” after seeing Khan fall to the floor
  • “I thought something more than a knockout had happened,” Canelo recalled
  • Canelo fights Gennady Golovkin this Saturday to complete an iconic trilogy

Canelo Alvarez has said he feared he could have killed Amir Khan after he knocked the Brit out during their fight back in 2016.

Khan was knocked out in the sixth round of the all-time Mexican greats in May of that year, in a fight for the WBC middleweight title in Las Vegas when he was brutally beaten by a right hand from Alvarez.

And speaking ahead of Saturday’s fight with Gennady Golovkin, Canelo reflected on his previous KOs in his career so far.

Amir Khan admitted getting hit by Canelo was like being ‘hit by a baseball bat’

The Mexican said he was afraid of Amir Khan after that

The Mexican said he was scared of Amir Khan after his ‘knockout was too strong’

The Mexican's gloves were criticized by Khan who claimed they were a contributing factor

The Mexican’s gloves were criticized by Khan who claimed they were a contributing factor

The Mexican reflected on his fight with Khan and explained how he was terrified of the Briton. Canelo told DAZN: “With Amir Khan – he scared me a little bit, I felt a little worried.

“I actually went over to see if he was OK. It was the natural reaction – the knockout was too strong.

“And on top of that, when he fell on the canvas, he twisted his neck badly.

“So I thought something more than a knockout had happened.”

Canelo knocked out the British boxer during the sixth round of their 2016 fight

Canelo knocked out the British boxer during the sixth round of their 2016 fight

Khan has previously admitted that getting hit by Canelo was like being “hit by a baseball bat”.

However, he raised concerns over the Mexican’s gloves – claiming they could be the reason behind his powerful punches.

He revealed that Canelo’s gloves, the Everlast MX, were a contributing factor, as he was unable to wear the same gloves as his hands were too brittle.

“Every glove is different. When I fought Canelo, he was wearing Everlast horsehair gloves.

“When I put my hand in, it was like pushing me against the wall, but you’re going to hurt your hand too. They were solid. It was like being hit with a bat.

Canelo Alvarez (left) and Gennady Golovkin (right) will fight in Las Vegas on Saturday

Canelo Alvarez (left) and Gennady Golovkin (right) will fight in Las Vegas on Saturday

“The foam padded ones, the shape always stays the same. With the horsehair, it fades more towards the back of the hand.

“So that way your knuckles are more visible. Without padding in the way, it will put more pressure on your knuckle. So you’re going to get hit with your bare hands.

“I could never do it because my hands are not strong enough to do it. I would break my hand if I fought like that. Some fighters have hands where they can punch through a wall and not break their hands.’

Alvarez and Golovkin will meet for the third time on Saturday night as they look to complete their iconic trilogy in dramatic fashion.

The two pound-for-pound stars have shared the ring twice before – with both bouts ending in highly controversial fashion.

That’s why they’ll be looking to put their feud to rest once and for all on Saturday night when they kick off in Las Vegas.

Alvarez escaped with a hotly contested draw in his first fight in September 2017 before getting the nod on points the following year, the only blemish on Golovkin’s 44-fight career.

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