15th July 2012



In
a wild and exciting fight at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Danny Garcia “talked
the talk” and “walked the walk” as he upset huge favourite Amir Khan in 4 rounds
to unify the WBA and WBC 140lb titles. It was the wide “Philly” left hook that
did all the damage for Garcia as he knocked down Khan 3 times to claim the
biggest win of his career.



Garcia making his 1st defence of the title he won
from legendary Erik Morales in March started the fight finding it hard to work
out Khan’s lighting speed. Khan coming off that disputed loss to Lamont Peterson
started like he always does – fast and hard as he was able to land at will
against his slower opponent who was still having a bit of success. In between
rounds Garcia’s father was beginning to get worried that his son was on the way
to losing the fight as Khan clearly won the opening 2 rounds. Khan looked back
to very best.

The fight took that dramatic turn late in the 3rd round as
both were wailing away in what was a more even round before Garcia head down
landed that left hook that landed behind Amir’s jaw, partly on his neck. DOWN
Khan went hard, it was Breidis Prescott all over again as Khan’s legs betrayed
him. Referee Kenny Bayless gave a more than generous count to Khan before Garcia
went crazy for the KO but time was against the underdog as there was only 12
seconds remaining in the round. Khan had survived another crisis, OR so he
thought.

The minute break between round 3 and 4 was not enough time for
Khan to shake those cobwebs as he was instantly under more attacks from Garcia
who was desperately trying to end the fight. Khan went down again from another
barrage, this time though he was able to get up AND fight back!.

Khan is a
warrior there is no doubt but there comes a time when you need to hold and
survive, this is something Khan should have enough experience to do because this
was not the first time his legs were not obeying the mind in his career. The end
came 2.28 into the 4th when another big left hook caught Khan high on the head,
as his legs betrayed him he stumbled back to the ropes where Ref Bayless stopped
the fight after getting an unsatisfactory response from the now 3 times beaten
former champion.

Garcia will now move on to much bigger things with
numerous options available to him at 140 and 147lbs. Khan on the other hand has
a lot of thinking to do because this was his 2nd defeat in a row again a fighter
who he was heavily favored to beat.

Official purses for this fight was
Khan $950,000 and Garcia $520,000.

Posted by Robert Hunter –

Where Khan Amir go from here? – Coming soon…