What in the heck did Khan (31-4, 19 KO) do that he was “daring to be great”? That he fought a naturally bigger man in Saul Alvarez? Could anyone on this earth be so foolish as to think Khan could not possibly win rounds against Alvarez? Khan is the smaller man, and likewise quicker, longer, and more athletic in all respects – as smaller fighters tend to be. If Alvarez were not a larger sized power puncher, Khan would have easily out boxed him for twelve rounds.
So is Alvarez great that he knocked out an undersized opponent? Absolutely not! And putting him in position to do that sort of thing is improper and dangerous to the health of his opponents.
Boxing Alvarez for twelve rounds would not make Khan “great”, rather, it would make him lucky according to the laws of statistics. All fighters get hit during a match, and even the best defensive boxers get hit very hard occasionally. That is the law of statistics!
And so these ridiculous blockheads in the boxing media saw the miraculous in place of common sense! “Greatness” instead of luck!
There is a reason why the preview stated that Khan would not win on combination punching: Alvarez would always want to counter/trade punches with Amir, and the law of statistics would suggest that it was inevitable that Alvarez would get lucky and connect at some point...in the hundreds of opportunities he would be allotted for twelve rounds.
Everyone, there is a reason why Floyd Mayweather became less of a combination puncher in his later years against larger opponents. Ditto with Erislandy Lara and Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Saul Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KO) will likely find himself lying flat when he meets recognized middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. For that one is likely to be short and sweet: Alvarez will not move much, Golovkin will be attacking and will be open for counters. Alvarez landed a number of clean left hooks to Amir Khan's jaw that Khan managed to take well. That would suggest that he will having a hard time denting Golovkin's chin at any point. Maybe I am underestimating Alvarez. Maybe Khan was moving at just the right angles. Maybe his jaw turned so quickly from the hooks that it reduced their power in some odd physics. Maybe the hooks caused too much pure rotation of Khan's head and not enough tilt. Sigh.
Gennady Golovkin is not an unbeatable middleweight: he has slow hands, slow reflexes, heavy feet, does not fight well on the inside or going backwards. However, Golovkin has great power and a solid chin. That combination of physical attributes can only be conquered by the greatest of opposition, which is lacking for Golovkin. It makes sense for Golovkin to move up a weight class where his boxing skills will be challenged more since he would not dominate as readily with his power.
Let us wrap this up with a summation of Khan-Alvarez. Khan seemed to win the first three rounds, the third more closely, using the jab and right hand. Any time Khan threw more than a single punch, Alvarez attempted to counter with a left hook. It looked as if Khan had cherry picked a fight with someone big and slow.
Khan managed to take some left hooks well during that time, as mentioned above, which was astonishing. Each round was more competitive than the last, however, Khan used his jab less, started throwing more combinations, was eating jabs and body shots from Alvarez, lost round five big and went to his corner bleeding from his right eye from a left hook. Somewhere between rounds five or six, Khan started grunting more with even his jabs. This extra exertion to throw jabs may have suggested fatigue. Whether or not the fatigue was from Alvarez's body work is debatable.
In round six, Alvarez feinted a jab to the body, Khan dropped both hands while leaning in and got hammered by an overhand right to his jaw. Falling straight backwards, Khan's head bounced hard off the canvas and they he lay there looking dead. A crowd formed around him. A towel was waved forcefully over him so he could get some air. He was eventually able to get up, after several minutes.
Alvarez and Oscar de la Hoya are now gesturing, genuine or not, that they want Gennady Golovkin. “We don't f*ck around!” Alvarez stated angrily into Max Kellerman's microphone. Alvarez has been ordered by the WBC to work out a deal within the next two weeks to fight Golovkin next or be stripped of the title.
In fairness to Alvarez, he is currently a small middleweight who is still physically maturing into the weight class. If Golovkin fought Alvarez any time soon, it would not be the best possible Alvarez. If he were not so greedy in chasing after Miguel Cotto, Alvarez would not have the WBC middleweight title, could allow time for his bones to continue to grow, and face Golovkin a year or two later after his body had matured.