Danny Garcia vs. Amir Khan

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2012-07-14 : Danny Garcia 139 lbs beat Amir Khan 139 lbs by TKO at 2:28 in round 4 of 12


Undefeated underdog Danny Garcia of Philadelphia claimed his second world title in as many fights by scoring a fifth-round TKO win of Amir Khan (26-2) to add Khan's WBA Super World Light Welterweight Title to his WBC Light Welterweight title which he defended.

Amir Khan looked sharp in the opening two rounds, landing crisp shots in between Garcia's wider punches. By the end of Round 2, Garcia had a very small cut above his right eye below the eyebrow on the lid which ultimately was not a factor in the bout.

The momentum swung in an instant in the third when Garcia landed a single, looping counter left hook in the final 30 seconds to the left side of Khan's neck which sent Khan down hard. He got to his feet quickly, but was badly staggered. Khan was able to tie up Garcia and block to survive the remainder of the round.

Khan was ruled down early in Round 4 when a punch sent him off balance and appeared to cause his glove to touch the mat. A left hook to the top of the head, followed by a right sent Khan down for a second time in the round. He got to his feet and indicated to referee Kenny Bayless that he was OK to continue, but Bayless called an end to the fight as Khan's wobbly legs did not appear to fully under him.

Garcia had predicted a knockout of Khan in the third round. He came close, as Khan never recovered from the third round knockdown.

Notes

  • Danny Garcia 23-0 (14 KOs) vs. Amir Khan 26-2 (18 KOs)
  • Khan entered as the #1 junior welterweight contender according to The Ring Magazine. Garcia, a 4.4 to 1 betting underdog, was ranked as the #2 junior welterweight contender by the same publication. [1], [2].
  • Three days prior to the bout, Khan was reinstated as the WBA Super World Light Welterweight Champion as a result of Lamont Peterson, who defeated Khan in his last bout, failing a random drug test in May 2012 and testing positive for synthetic testosterone by the Volunteer Anti-Doping Association while in preparations for their May 19 rematch. Peterson had undergone low level testosterone therapy, an anabolic steroid, in November 2011 before his fight with Amir Khan. [3]
  • The HBO prefight show featured in depth profiles of Amir Khan under the tutelage of Freddie Roach in Los Angeles, and Danny Garcia in Philadelphia under the tutilage of his father Angel Garcia.
  • According to the the Nevada Athletic Commission, the purses for the title bout were Amir Khan $950,000, and Danny Garcia $520,000.[4]