16th July 2012
Just a few days before the fight Amir khan was reinstated with his old WBA belt, giving an extra boost and raising the stakes for the unification showdown against Danny Garcia.
So on Saturday night there was not only Khan’s newly acquired belt and Garcia’s WBC on the line, but also the Ring Magazine title, which of course Garcia took in a clean sweep with a great performance.
It all ended in the 4th round when the referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight, after Khan was in no state to continue. – I’ve been getting into some banter with the fans; The reason; I’d said that Freddie Roach his trainer was not cutting it?
But Khan has admitted to his errors during the fight, from the way it looked to me he went in as a fighter, but not as a boxer. He jumped in once too often, he was fast, in the 3rd round khan threw two hooks and then Garcia counter punched with his own left hook which landed on his neck and Khan went down.
He got up but was all over the place and he wasn’t recovering! Khan was wobbling and moving from side to side, he got counted and he carried on with fourteen seconds to go. Garcia came tearing in trying to finish the job but the bell went. Then in Khan’s corner the doctor came to check on him and in and told him to breath, Khan signaled he was ok. The 5th and Khan had not recovered. He caught Garcia with a good left hook but Garcia then caught him on the fore-head and he went down again. Khan got up but the referee stopped the fight.
The emotion on Khan’s face even though he said he was ok to the referee was devastating, and even more so for all those Amir Khan fans. Well khan was out of hospital soon afterwards and he’s doing all right so that’s good at least, however he’s going to have to have a lot of mental strength over the next few days and he will defiantly have to forget about Floyd Mayweather so whatever happened with Khan there won’t be a rush for another world title fight and I think he should have a few fights in the UK and take it from there.
He’s just one of the few fighters that actually takes on any opponent and I have commended him for that as he is really brave. Here’s the statement he sent out earlier today (Monday 16th July) to talk about his current progress and plans for the future.
Amir Khan’s statement
“I would like to thank all my fans and well wishers for the amazing support I’ve had from you since my defeat on Saturday night. Obviously the fight never went as planned but credit has to go to Danny Garcia who caught me with a good shot in the third round that I couldn’t fully recover from.
“I guess that’s boxing, where one punch can change everything, it’s the reason so many fans love the sport. Many fighters down the years have bounced back from defeat to prove their greatness and that’s exactly what I intend to do.”
“I’ve never shirked any challenge or refused to fight anyone in my division even though it would have been easy for me to do so. Some may say that attitude is the wrong one to have but I’ve always wanted to please the fans and be involved in exciting fights because many of you pay good money to come and watch me, and it’s only right that you get to see the best fighting the best, especially in an age when so many top fighters hand-pick opponents.”
“I’m going to spend the next few weeks relaxing during Ramadan and recharging my batteries after what was a 16 week training camp for me. I’ll then sit down with my team to assess the options in front of me.”
“Well done to Danny Garcia on his performance, but I promise that I’ll bounce back stronger than ever as I look to regain my spot at the top of the 140lb division.” – Amir Khan
Guest writer for www.britishboxers.co.uk
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