Amir Khan vs Danny Garcia
LOST – TKO 4
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas – 14 July 2012
People sometimes forget just how well Khan was boxing in the early stages of this one. His fantastic hand speed and ability to pick off combinations was befuddling Garcia as the Philadelphian searched in vain to find the equaliser. When he found it, it was devastating.
A picture-perfect left hook swung the fight full circle in his favour as Khan swam against the tide of unconsciousness and swaggered around the ring trying to convince referee Kenny Bayless that he was fit to continue. That case was pleaded successfully and he made it to the end of the third round.
Smelling blood and knowing he could genuinely hurt his man, Garcia spent the fourth session on target practice as the Freddie Roach-trained Brit lumbered around the ring seeking respite. It never came, and Amir, game as ever, tried to fight fire with fire. Just when it looked like he’d weathered the storm, Khan copped a shot to the top of the head and was back on queer street. Mr Bayless waved it off with a seemingly lucid Khan on his feet and protesting vehemently.