If the 24-0 record didn't have you convince that Danny "Swift" Garcia was the next great up-and-coming light welterweight boxer, his fourth-round TKO over the favored Amir Khan certainly did.
Khan had lost just two fights coming into Saturday's bout, one of which was a highly controversial split-decision loss to Lamont Peterson.
Before the fight, Garcia was a largely unknown but extremely talented boxer from Philadelphia. Now, at the very least, he has his foot in boxing's door, and is surely looking to bust the hinges off in the future.
Garcia made Khan look bad in the final two rounds at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. Sure, Khan looked faster for most of the night, but that's his method of operation. "Swift" was far more tactical and precise than the man he floored multiple times.
The former champion wasn't at his best, but Garcia took advantage of his miscalculations. The undefeated champion had a better gameplan than the man he felled in Round 4.
He let Khan swing away on him in the first and second round, and swing away he did. Once Khan tired himself out and expended plenty of energy, Garcia began to attack the body frequently.. Khan began to get comfortable with the prospect of getting hit in the midsection as opposed to the face, which gave Garcia a golden opportunity to land a counter left hook to Khan's chin in the closing seconds of Round 3.
It's easy to say that a fighter is great when he steps into the ring and walks away with a convincing undisputed victory, but what truly makes a fighter one of the best in the world is when he walks out of his corner and gets tagged early and often.
That's exactly what Garcia did. Even when Khan was catching him, he kept his defense up and his head on straight. He picked his spots much better than Khan did, which is sometimes the deciding factor in boxing.
Garcia has added quality victories to his resume over the last 15 months, scoring a unanimous decision victory over Nate Campbell, a split decision over Kendall Holt to win the vacant NABO Light Welterweight belt, a unanimous decision over Erik Morales to win the WBC Light Welterweight title and now an impressive TKO win to take the WBA (Super) Light Welterweight belt from Amir Khan.
Now Garcia has the Ring Magazine, WBC and WBA (Super) Light Welterweight straps in his possession. It's going to take a great fighter to steal them from him, as he has now proven that he is here to stay.
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