Sport news 'Canelo sparked me in the sixth round... and he will do the same with Billy Joe Saunders': Amir Khan looks back on his 2016 KO by the Mexican, who hit the Briton with 'the biggest punch I've EVER taken' Premierleague-News.com
Premierleague-News.com - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY JEFF POWELL: No one knows better than Amir Khan the courage required to face Canelo Five years ago on Friday, Khan was knocked out cold by the Mexican.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! No-one knows better than Amir Khan the courage required and the gravity of the risks entailed when entering a ring to do combat with Saul Alvarez amid the febrile Hispanic celebrations of Mexico's patriotic Cinco de Mayo weekend.Five years ago tomorrow, Khan dared to step up two divisions to challenge the red-haired Canelo for the middleweight championship of the world.Too brave for his own good. Knocked cold, despite boxing his heart out for the best part of six rounds. Amir Khan knows what it's like to be knocked out cold by Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (above) Khan (left) was defeated by the Mexican (right) back in 2016 in a Las Vegas encounter RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Chris Eubank Jr follows through on his promise to stake... Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders is back ON with row... Billy Joe Saunders' team are furious over the size of the... From having to sell popsicles to get by to owning his own... Share this article Share 73 shares Memories of that steamy night on the Las Vegas Strip still burn deep. All of them warnings to Billy Joe Saunders of the pain in waiting as the scene shifts this Saturday night to the Tex-Mex hot-bed of Dallas, where 70,000 fanatics are expected to be roaring for Alvarez and gypsy blood in the Cowboys Stadium.Less than a third of that number occupied the T-Mobile Arena in Vegas to see Khan become the third of six English fighters already culled by Canelo but the claustrophobic intensity of that enclosed gathering swamped him.'I've never fought in any atmosphere as overwhelming as that,' he says. 'Nothing close to it. There was a big crowd of Brits there shouting as loud as they could for me but they couldn't make themselves heard. The Mexican sound was huge but with Canelo there is something different about the noise.'Something more powerful. Somehow It generates huge, unique energy on which he draws. That's a big part of what he's all about. The force is with him and Billy Joe had better be ready for it.' Khan claims Saunders (above) needs to be ready for the 'powerful' Canelo with 'unique energy'Just as the Hatfield traveller needs to prepare himself for unexpected surprises once the first bell rings. Saunders voices confidence that his athletic mobility, express reflexes and alert head movement can be his keys to a stupendous British upset.'Beware,' says Khan. 'Everyone who watches Canelo from outside the ring thinks he's slow. He's not. He's very quick through his timing. His speed is deceptive and dangerous. He makes you think you are in a slow-paced fight. Believe that and you make a big mistake. You will find yourself getting hit with big shots. Body and head.'Khan is blessed with lightning speed of hand as well as foot, as he recalls by telephone across the 8,000 miles between here and his Dubai retreat from shivery England: 'Being quick myself I found it fairly easy to catch him with some good shots of my own as he was coming in. But he is very good at closing down the ring and has a good chin.'He is happy to take punches himself so that he can land really telling shots of his own. By the time he fought me his punching was becoming really powerful. He's gone on to prove it by winning world titles up to light-heavyweight and now back down a notch at super-middleweight.' Khan claims Canelo is very quick with his timing and his boxing record proves how good he isKhan was ahead going into the sixth round on the cards of a majority or ringside pundits, so brilliantly was he boxing. But he had suspected from just before the start that he could not afford to let Canelo catch him flush on his allegedly fragile jaw.'It was when the referee told us to touch gloves,' he says. 'I could feel his knuckles. He always wears MX boxing gloves which have pretty thin covering. I was using my regular Everlast, which have fluffier padding. Even before the knock-out I felt the full force of his power.
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. A left to the ribs brought my guard down and then he landed that enormous right to the chin.'Do not get me wrong. Those gloves are properly approved and I have never accused him of doing anything illegal.Quite simply he hit me with the biggest punch I've ever taken in my life. The British boxer also claims Canelo (right) hit him with the 'biggest punch he's ever taken''I withstood huge blows from Marcos Maidana in that famous tenth round and won. I got up twice from being knocked down by that massive puncher Danny Garcia before the referee stopped me. But there was no coming back from this one. I was completely unconscious.'Saunders, backed vociferously by his fellow traveller Tyson Fury, is complaining about Eddie Hearn promoting Alvarez the more prominently this week. Khan, more of an A-list attraction than Billy Joe, counsels: 'This is how it is when you fight the No1 rated boxer on the planet. Even if you are a two-weight world champion as I was.'I'm the one who sells the rest of my fights. I'm a bigger name than Billy Joe But with Canelo you have to accept that he brings the big money you're going to get a share of, along with most of the media attention. He's huge not only in Mexico but also America and pretty big in most of the world.'Khan can still turn heads and even though, at 34, he has not fought since a routine tick-over win two years ago he plans to do so again, soon. Against – you guessed it, at last – Kell Brook. Khan (above) has not fought in two years but wants to take on Kell Brook in the coming months'I'm back in training in my gym in Dubai, he says. 'And I'll be coming home to Bolton in two or three weeks to step it up. Kell is still calling me and out and I can be fully ready in two or three months if he really wants it.'This is still a big fight even after all this time. People still want to find out what would have happened a few years ago.'He has nowhere else to go now but if all goes well I've got a few more fights left in me. Who knows? Maybe another world title.'Meanwhile he will take a little time out from building his combat sports empire in India, Pakistan and the Middle East to tune in to Dallas: 'Yes, I'll be watching. I'm interested to see if Billy Joe can bring something different to the challenge Canelo presents than I did.' Khan has predicted that Saunders (above) will be knocked down in the sixth round by CaneloAlvarez has snuffed out, in turn, the UK efforts of Matthew Hatton, Ryan Rhodes, Khan, Liam Smith, Rocky Fielding and Callum Smith. Khan says: 'I think I put up the best performance so far of his British opponents.'Supporting evidence for that claim is to be seen on the gleaming walls of the showroom of a garage in which Canelo keeps his fleet of super cars. There hang artistically enhanced photographs of fights he considers the most important of his career. One picture is of his sixth round felling over KhanCan Saunders go one and better and put end to his slaughter of the Brits.'Hmmm,' muses our Amir. 'Billy Joe has the style that can give Canelo a few problems for a few rounds. But sorry to say, I'm afraid he gets knocked out in the sixth.'No-one is better qualified to offer that prediction. Watch Canelo vs Billy Joe Saunders live on DAZN for £1.99 RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Chris Eubank Jr follows through on his promise to stake... Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders is back ON with row... Billy Joe Saunders' team are furious over the size of the... From having to sell popsicles to get by to owning his own...
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