The crowd is still in shock.
Despite being the heavy underdog going into the match, it’s Danny Garcia who, after a fourth round referee stoppage, defeated Amir Khan Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
ESPN's Dan Rafael tweeted out the news.
Khan down again in 4th. Makes it up and Bayless stops it! Garcia by wins by knockout!! Wow. What a fight! #boxing— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) July 15, 2012
The pride of Philadelphia used a combination of quick fists, sound footwork and guts to fend off and take the belts from the former British champ, who appeared to have overlooked his opponent.
Khan made a big mistake.
Say what you will about the quality of the 24-year-old Garcia’s opponents, but you cannot dispute his unblemished 24-0 (14 KOs) record at this point. Before Khan, Garcia's biggest win came against Erik “Terrible” Morales; but that was an over-the-hill Morales. Saturday night solidified Garcia’s status in the boxing hierarchy.
The hype leading up to Garcia’s greatest performance found his dad in the middle of things yet again. The fiery Angel Garcia proclaimed to the world at a pre-fight press conference (via Boxing Insider) that his son “is the boss” and that he would be dispatching of Khan rather easily.
The typically calm Khan, now 26-3, was furious, and fired off this seething response (via The Telegraph):
“I will knock him out and if his dad wants it afterwards ... That will shut his dad up anyway. I'm not going to do anything physical because his dad talks so much. I'm going to hurt his son. I'm going to do it in the ring. I cannot wait until after the fight, when I've knocked his son out and I'm stood here with the titles.”
Did Garcia’s father get into Khan’s head? Did the 25-year-old former champ abandon his original game plan to go for the quick knockout?
We'll never know for sure, but it sure seemed like it.
Many people (like ESPN’s Steve Bunce) were outraged that Garcia was even given the opportunity to participate in this fight, as Khan's rematch with Lamont Peterson fell through due to Peterson's failed drug test.
Everyone can now eat crow. Garcia is the winner, and is now on the fast-track to stardom in the boxing world.
What a monumental shift in the boxing world.
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