As expected, World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico breezed past British challenger Amir ‘King’ Khan with the ease of a tank crushing a row of shanties.
While Khan put up a decent fight in the first five rounds of the bout, mesmerizing Alvarez with his hand-speed, the conclusion was really preordained. The moment Khan became stationary; Alvarez unloaded a wicked right hand that had the Briton rendering his personal version of ‘London Bridge is Falling Down.’ Nailed by a big-league punch, Khan fell with a resounding thud and the referee didn’t think twice in waiving the fight over in the sixth stanza.
Khan acknowledged that Alvarez was just too big for him and hinted at a return to the welterweight (147 lbs.) division. For Alvarez (47-1, 33 knockouts), the time has come to pick on somebody his size. Truth be told, the heavily hyped Mexican has not beaten a legitimate middleweight. Heck, he has not even scaled the division’s maximum weight of 160 pounds as he has acquired the habit of instituting catch weights for his fights.
Fight fans have expressed their frustration by calling Alvarez the ‘catch weight’ king of the world. The head honchos of the WBC are apparently among those who want to see Alvarez in a real middleweight dogfight because last we heard, the boxing organization has ordered Alvarez to start talking with the camp of undefeated punching marauder Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan. The WBC made it clear that if Alvarez fails to comply, he will be stripped of the WBC middleweight championship.
Golovkin (35-0, 32 knockouts) holds the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) middleweight titles and is listed as interim champion by the WBC. Golovkin is itching for a showdown with Alvarez but has made it clear that the super fight will only happen at 160 pounds.
Alvarez had the temerity to say that Golovkin does not deserve a shot at his WBC title because the latter has not defeated a credible challenger. Alvarez apparently forgot that the 34-year-old Golovkin has been bamboozling just about every known challenger in the division since he claimed a piece of the middleweight hardware in 2010. It is the picky Alvarez who has been spoon-fed by his promoter Oscar De La Hoya.
De La Hoya is actually being looked upon as the biggest stumbling block in bringing the Alvarez-Golovkin fight into fruition. De La Hoya has been overheard saying that he wants to stretch the wait for the big fight, to let it “marinate” further. Translation: De La Hoya is scared of losing Alvarez, Golden Boy Promotions’ meal ticket.
The WBC has heard enough and insists that the fight should me made pronto. “Oscar can say whatever he wants. It’s his right to do so, but we are also within our rights to take the title away from his boxer (Alvarez) if he does not meet (his obligation),” WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman told Boxingscene.com.
Alvarez assured his fans after the Khan fight that he is not scared of Golovkin and is really looking forward to the fight. Amid reports that Golovkin hurt him in a previous sparring session, Alvarez is standing by his word that he wants Golovkin. “I don’t fear anyone,” exclaimed Alvarez.
Of course, there is only one way for Alvarez to substantiate his boast: Sign on the dotted line.
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