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Amir Khan taken to hospital after Saul Alvarez knockout

Los Angeles: Amir Khan defiantly insisted he was okay while he was taken to hospital as a precaution after his sixth-round knockout defeat by Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in Las Vegas.

Amir Khan is knocked down during his WBC middleweight title fight against Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in Las Vegas
Amir Khan is knocked down during his WBC middleweight title fight against Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in Las Vegas

The WBC champion brutally stopped Khan with a huge right hand to make the first successful defence of his title, inflicting the fourth loss of the 29-year-old's professional career and exposing him as a natural welterweight too small to convincingly compete at the catchweight of 155lbs.

There was little shame in the nature of the defeat for Khan, who impressed with his speed and combinations in the opening five rounds until Alvarez's superior size and strength began to slow him down and leave him vulnerable to the knockout that followed.

He said afterwards he expects to return to 147lbs, where he is undefeated and where his domestic rival Kell Brook is the IBF champion, and added on Twitter: "Im okay everyone. thats boxing for you, congrats to @Canelo monster punch, much love to all the fans! #CaneloKhan".

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