The 25 year-old, fighting in his 49th professional contest, erased the memory of his 2013 loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. with a punch in the sixth round that completely wiped Khan out. Kenny Bayless didn’t need to count Khan out as the Briton lay prone on the canvas in a KO that conjured up memories of Ricky Hatton’s defeat to Manny Pacquiao in 2009.
Thankfully, a shell-shocked Khan was okay following around a minute flat on his back on the canvas as Canelo respectfully watched over his opponent in the hope that everything would be okay with the Bolton man.
Prior to the stoppage, Khan had banked the first four rounds with his superior speed and movement, although all the signs were there of a Canelo resurgence when the Mexican landed a straight shot in the fifth that opened up a cut.
The sixth round brought more warnings as Canelo caught Khan with even more regularity until a massive right hand in the centre of the ring ended the argument to the delight of the pro-Latina Las Vegas crowd.
Canelo moves on to a possible November clash with Gennady Golovkin if both sides can come to an agreement, whilst Khan has some thinking to do regarding his future and whether he wants to move back down to 147 pounds as the mandatory challenger to Danny Garcia.
Rumours are rife that Garica will face Floyd Mayweather in September, meaning Khan could be in line to face the winner in the spring of 2017 should he make a successful return following a much-earned rest.