Garcia is the Real Deal!

Boom! And just like that the favored Amir Khan was knocked out by Danny Garcia in the fourth round of their Saturday night championship fight.

Leading up to the fight, Garcia’s dad was receiving more publicity than his son for some of his comments that seemed off kilter. The elder Garcia defended all his statements before the fight during an interview with Jim Lampley with the younger Garcia by his side.

Danny Garcia came out a little slow, as Amir Khan opened up a cut above the left eye of Garcia during the first two rounds. Unfortunately for Khan, that was all the damage he would do. Garcia settled down and he started landing meaningful punches in the third round.

Khan, who didn’t use his size to his advantage, was tagged and knocked down by a Garcia left in the third round and it was downhill from there.

Khan was able to beat the count and survive the last few seconds off the third round, but he never seemed to get his feet back under him.

Although he seemed mentally alert to start the fourth round, his legs looked ready to go. Following a right hand by Garcia, Khan could not stay upright as he attempted to keep his balance he touched his gloves to the canvas, which is automatically scored as a knockdown.

From there, Khan was able to gather himself a little and he appeared to take some heavy shots from Garcia without going down. But Garcia was a warrior and a smart warrior. Garcia, like a shark in the water, smelled blood and did not let up.

Garcia pounded Khan with one power shot after another while at the same time not punching himself out in the event Khan didn’t get knocked out. That saved energy wasn’t needed as a left to the top of the head of Khan followed by a right sent Khan to the Canvas again for what would be the last time.

Khan beat the count and although mentally he appeared fine to continue, his legs told a different story. At this point, referee Kenny Bayless had seen enough. He had given Khan numerous chances to completely gather himself and since Khan couldn’t, Bayless stopped the fight.

So what’s next for both fighters? Khan said he is up for a rematch, with the rematch hopefully being in London. Garcia, who seemed warm for the rematch, said it is up to his total camp to decide his next move.

It will be interesting to see what happens next since Lamont Peterson was the original Khan opponent but was not allowed to fight and had his title stripped after testing positive for steroids.

Either way, boxing got it right this time. The goal now is to build on this and not get in the way of success.


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