Amir Khan suffers crushing defeat
Amir Khan, pictured, has lost to Danny Garcia
Amir Khan's career lies in tatters after he suffered a devastating second successive defeat in Las Vegas as Danny Garcia knocked him down three times en route to a fourth-round stoppage win.
The 25-year-old Englishman admitted recently that he had endured the toughest spell of his career after a torrid six months which saw him suffer a controversial defeat by Lamont Peterson and a bitter fall-out which saw their rematch scrapped after the American tested positive for synthetic testosterone.
Khan, who had perhaps naively talked about fighting Floyd Mayweather in the near future, had the WBA belt he lost that night returned to him but lost that to Garcia as the American caused a huge upset to retain his own WBC crown and become a unified champion at the Mandalay Bay Events Centre.
Khan came into the fight with a record of 26-2 with 18 knockout wins while Garcia boasted 23 wins, 14 early, and no defeats. Despite Khan coming off a defeat in his last bout, the Briton was a heavy betting favourite and the majority of the 7,000-strong crowd were in his corner.
Khan flew out of the blocks and barely a second had elapsed when he landed a beautiful left hook-right hand combination. He easily won the first round with sharp, attacking jabs and hooks, while Garcia had to settle for two right crosses and a naughty low blow, for which he was warned.
Garcia landed a nice right in the second but Khan retaliated immediately. Khan also won the second but had to take sporadic body shots and a strong overhand right from the Philadelphian. Garcia was cut over his right eye in the round, though it was unclear how the wound was inflicted.
Khan landed an excellent lead left in the third which Garcia shrugged off well, while the American was also having occasional successes himself. Another warning for low hitting was perhaps harsh. The fight then exploded as a counter left from Garcia floored Khan hard. He got to his feet quickly but was clearly devoid of his senses.
Referee Kenny Bayless scandalously allowed it to go on and the Briton was saved by the bell as Garcia threw a massive right. After a minute to recover Khan looked in better shape for the fourth but what followed was one of the most brutal rounds in recent memory.
Garcia threw huge power shots in search of the stoppage and Khan was soon down again, this time from a right, which saw him trip on the rope. Khan somehow survived and amazingly began firing shots back as the two men stood and traded crashing blows. Khan actually goaded Garcia in and landed a good shot himself, hitting Garcia with an uppercut and left.
Khan was then down a third time when he was caught by a glancing left and right to the temple. Again he got up quickly, but when Bayless stared into his eyes, the referee finally decided enough was enough.
Although all the credit goes to Garcia for delivering a sweet performance, let's not forget the part Garcia senior played. He played mind games to perfection.
You know what makes me laugh is all these people on here saying Ha Ha what a shame and basically labelling Khan as rubbish. Whatever your opinion he has won Olympic Silver and won world titles not to mention made more money than any of you haters will ever see in your lifetimes.
What have any of you achieved that rivals what Khan has? How many of you could get into the kind of condition that Khan and other fighters do and do battle in the ring? None
Yes he got beat and it goes with the territory but I think all thses hating comments come more from Jealousy because unlike Khan many of you will never achieve anything on the scale that he has.
Most of the posters seem to have an issue with Khan because he is of Pakistani origin.Why can't you support him because of all his achievements as a Brit?
BTW-Can you please learn to spell and at least try to use correct grammar when posting please.
totaly right christopher
how comes after his 1st defeat in a matter of seconds, he soon had a title shot while poor brendis was no where to be seen, to suffer 3 defeats when all ur opponents have been hand picked either old fighters past there best, or people with day jobs is a joke,
he has the best trainer and camp in the world but a **** chin and mouthy attitude,
not to mention how he likes to use his head,
why he had some much handed to him is beyond me, when he only came home with silver,
silver is second is it not
totaly unfair on all the young boxers that get in there and do there job against real compition
Dont wanna see him anymore let alone hear hi BS Excuses
Khan was outclassed...simples....
He got drawn into a brawl and came off worst...