Amir Khan paid price for punching above his weight against Saul Alvarez

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It takes a courageous fighter to move up two weight divisions, to fight one of the best young middleweight fighters in the world. 

However, it ultimately proved too much for Amir Khan in this world title fight, who, after a good start, was knocked out by Saul Alvarez in round six in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Some had questioned whether the Lancashire fighter would have lost some of the speed and skill he is known for, by moving up to the 160lbs division, but he will return to the UK proud of what he showcased to the American public, despite the result.


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The first two rounds went well for King Khan, with his speed proving difficult for Alvarez to pin the Bolton boy down. However, Alvarez was picking up more of the points by round five, despite Khan showing no signs he was struggling with the extra weight.

However, all it took was a small mistake from Khan, before Alvarez's right hand over the top knocked out Khan in round six, meaning a quick return to the welterweight division is seemingly on the cards.

Brave decision

Khan has admitted he is keen to fight the best fighters, and will not shy away from a bout that will prove a big challenge for the 29-year-old, while his trainer, Virgil Hunter, has now challenged Alvarez to do the same, and not shy away with Gennady Golovkin set to be the Mexican's next test.

"Amir gave up everything - no concessions," Hunter told Sky Sports. "Amir took the risk and set the tone, fighters should fight each other.

"Now it's time for him [Alvarez] to take the risk and quit hiding. He's got to quit hiding behind the flag and fight Triple G."

It comes as a bit of surprise for Hunter to make such a claim, considering Alvarez has already defeated the likes of James Kirkland, Miguel Cotto and Austin Trout - who had won all 26 bouts prior to facing the Mexican - while having suffered his only career defeat against the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr.

However, while Alvarez is set to face GGG in his next bout, boxing fans are already looking to an all-British fight for Khan, later this year.

Welterweight return

Kell Brook defended his IBF world welterweight title against Kevin Bizier in March, with British fans now firmly believing that an all-British meeting is on the cards.

While the heavyweight division is thriving in Britain at the moment, this fight would grab boxing fans' attention to a lower weight class, with all the pressure on Khan to avoid suffering back-to-back defeats, for the second time in his career.

Brook (36-0-KO25) has yet to know what defeat is like, and Khan will be keen to inflict that, after admitting he will most likely return to his more natural weight division.

Khan's defeat to Alvarez will have given him some belief, despite the loss, after providing the Mexican with a tough challenge in the early rounds, but will now hope Brook can put his title on the line, so Khan can become a world champion, once again.

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