Tue, 2016-05-10 10:31
Hey Christian, did you enjoy this fight? I thought they both did themselves proud, Khan boxing so well, and then showing such sportsmanship in being gracious in defeat, and Alvarez, well I thought he was just magnificent in this fight.
Tue, 2016-05-10 11:38
Hey Champ! I did enjoy the fight, I thought is was a very tense match up. I thought they both boxed well and each landed telling shots in every round. I was impressed with Khan's hand speed, but not his accuracy. When I made my highlight video for the fight, I really saw that Canelo's head movement virtually shut Amir out. Khan did a great job of avoiding the exchanges early on, but Alvarez just boxed better. I know everyone is impressed with Khan's boxing, but I saw him being outclassed a little bit. He did great at avoiding getting knocked out for 5 rounds. Lol. The knockout speaks for itself. I don't mean to pick on Khan, this is just what I saw when the fight happened, and now that I've watched it quite a few times. What did you think, friend?
Fri, 2016-05-13 17:22
Sorry for the late reply,
It was very tense, and tentative, I think that was because of the magnitude of the event, and because of how much was at steak. Hand speed was always going to be useful for Khan, it is one of his best assets, and not something Alvarez has a lot of at the standard on world level competing, a lot of the time, I thought he was inaccurate, I think he threw a few throw away flurries at Alvarez, maybe to damage Alvarez's attempts at getting into a good rhythm, maybe to back Alvarez, maybe to intimidate him, there a lot of reasons that this can be useful, the reason I say that some of Khan's punches were throw away punches is because I noticed he was out of range when he threw, and this was unlikely to have been unintentional, due to the fact that Khan is well known for controlling range so well. I noticed that at times, it wasn't Khan's accuracy that was lacking, but there was little to no quality coming from him with his offence, his punches weren't impactful to say the least, I think that this was because his work was rushed due to the psychological pressure that the threat posed by Alvarez created, I suppose it was better to be affected by this pressure, than to be careless, make a fatal mistake, and get caught. I did noticed that the head movement from Canelo was useful, but I think the hand speed from Khan was an issue, and his head movement wasn't anywhere as useful as he would have liked. Lateral movement was key for Khan, he changed direction at the perfect times, he committed to an offensive attempt before getting back to his footwork at the precise right times, and early on, because of how well Khan was moving, Canelo couldn't close the gap, and Khan was able to maintain the distance, which is why he was able to avoid exchanges.
To be honest, I don't like to hear people trying to belittle Canelo's achievement, it wasn't just a case of him doing the inevitable, it was a beautiful knock out, it was set up perfectly, Saul found the opening, and he capitalised, as he unloaded with that lovely right hand. I thought Alvarez was just brilliant in this fight, he showed a lot of maturity, he was patient, he was measured, he boxed like a true champion, I didn't see any signs of frustration in the first 3 rounds (when Khan was making it impossible for Alvarez to get into range to land anything), he slowly worked his way in, he closed the gap, he could feel his punches having an impact in Khan, I noticed him closing the gap in round 4, forcing Khan to do more work, landing more punches, but Canelo was also able to score because of this, I think he knew he could have an impact in Khan physically, I thought he was awesome in round 5, keeping the pressure on Khan, not over exerting himself, making Khan (whilst overwhelmed and hurt) stay in the balls of his feet throughout the round, I think he knew from that list onwards that the finish was on its way.
Hey, you're a nice guy, it's clear you don't mean to pick on anybody, and you are entitled to your own opinion, to be honest, I think once he was caught, and dropped in such a heavy, impactful magnitude, all we could hope for from then on was graciousness in defeat, and we saw that, I thought Khan did himself proud, he boxed really well, he looked comfortable enough at 155, not like he was at the weight that is best for him, but he certainly didn't look slow, I do think moving back down 147 is his best option though, or he could box at 154, maybe a fight against Liam Smith, Erislandy Lara, or the winner of either of the Charlo's upcoming bouts.
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