Khan vs. Garcia: Why the Knockout of Khan Was Bound to Happen
First off, let me say that Danny Garcia has far exceeded my expectations. Before the fight I had Khan winning a late TKO or decision because he would just pop in and out with his flurries, and win like that. Garcia's strongest point was his countering, but I didn't think his timing would be good enough to catch Khan or effective enough to stop him.
Danny Garcia proved everybody wrong, though, last weekend by knocking out Amir Khan and ruining the British boxer's dream of fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. later this year.
The fight started well enough for Khan, who seemed to be overwhelming Garcia with his flurry of punches. Although they didn't all land, he was pushing Garcia back and seemed to be dominating the fight.
The second round was more of the same, but Garcia was starting to land his counters better when Khan came in for his flurries. Although the HBO commentators didn't mention it, Garcia was timing Khan better and catching him almost every time he came in.
At that point, it was fairly evident that if Khan didn't change his style up during the fight, he would risk getting hurt by a counter hook. Khan was open to a counter hook every single time he came in, and in the third round, Garcia capitalized on that and knocked him down with a devastating punch to Khan's neck.
From there, Khan couldn't recover from the knockdown. Even with a 19-second count from Kenny Bayless, Khan was still woozy, and it was evident in the next round. Garcia would go on to push the action, and Khan was unable to escape as Bayless stopped the fight near the end of the fourth.
The point of this article is: Khan was asking to get knocked out. He was getting tagged every time he came in and literally made no adjustments to this. He probably thought if he threw more punches faster, he could compensate for Garcia's timing.
Also, Khan was very unwise to act like a warrior in the fourth round. While it's good show value, Khan was very out of it and isn't the type of fighter who's able to go toe-to-toe while being hurt.
In the end, Khan will now have to spend time rebuilding, as he is coming off a two-fight losing streak. Hopefully, Golden Boy will put a redemption match together and pit Amir Khan against Victor Ortiz. That would be an exciting fight that everybody would want to watch.
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