Amir Khan got knocked out by Mexican idol Canelo Alvarez on Saturday after being sent crashing by the traditional ‘monster punch’ by the world middleweight champion.

They say ‘expect the unexpected’ in boxing, but in reality we got what everyone knew was coming. Khan was ready to take spin, his high-risk reward the biggest payday of his career for playing the most high-profile event of his American journey.

Amir Khan’s speed buzzed around the Mexican star, who was 15lb heavier in the ring, for five rounds. Yet even as Álvarez’s punches hit air early on, the size differential and power the 25-year-old carried looked ominous for the British boxer who had moved up two weight divisions for the toughest assignment undertaken in his 35-fight, ten-year professional career.

On the morning after a lethal looking impact from Canelo Alvarez, Khan said ‘I’m Garcia’s mandatory challenger for the WBC welterweight and we’re both advised by Al Haymon so it should be easy to make that fight. Although I don’ t think he’ll come to England as I would like’

Failing that he will seek an alternative glamour fight in America against Tim Bradley. Khan also believes Manny Pacquiao will fight again, possibly against him.

After knocking out Amir Khan, Canelo Avarez’s next target is a world welterweight title revenge match for an earlier KO against undefeated Danny Garcia.

The challenge for former junior welterweight champion Khan is to overcome another crushing knockout as his record dropped to 31-4 with 19 knockouts. “I showed my balls by getting into the ring with a big guy. I am one of those fighters who will step in the ring with whoever,” said Khan, who was knocked out for the third time in his career.

It was a shocking end to what had been a close fight up to that point.