(Reuters) - Saul "Canelo" Alvarez landed a devastating right hook to knock out Amir Khan in the sixth round and claim the WBC middleweight title clash in Las Vegas on Saturday.
After even opening rounds, Mexican Alvarez closed it in the sixth where he feigned a left jab before delivering a rattling hook to knock out his British opponent cold.
After several seconds, Khan came to his senses well after the bout had been decided.
Alvarez, the former WBA and WBC super welterweight champion who lost both world titles on a majority decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2013, entered the night as a heavy favorite.
Khan (31-4, 19 knockouts), though, seemed to control the first couple of rounds with his hand speed.
The Mexican power-puncher caught up with Khan in the third round and began to cut off the ring and push his opponent against the ropes.
It all led to the crushing closer where 25-year-old Alvarez again showed the brute strength that has now carried him to a record of 47-1-1 with 33 knockouts.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; editing by Amlan Chakraborty)