Amir Khan wasn’t quite as successful in the wee small hours in his fight against Danny Garcia in Las Vegas. Amir Khan wanted to prove he is the best in his class by beating Danny Garcia and then moving up to welterweight to face Floyd Mayweather.
Khan, 25, went into this light-welterweight bout with WBC holder Garcia as WBA champion after Lamont Peterson was stripped of the title. Some readers will remember that Khan lost his WBA and IBF titles to Peterson in a controversial defeat last December but the American subsequently failed a drugs test.
Unfortunately though Amir Khan suffered his second successive defeat as he was stopped in round four by the unbeaten American. He was knocked down three times as Garcia claimed the British fighter’s WBA light-welterweight belt and held on to his WBC title. After a strong start, Khan was floored in the third by a counter and could not recover from shots in round four.
People have been quick to call for Khan to retire after this unexpected defeat but let’s not forget he is still only 25 years old and has only lost 3 of his professional fights, having won 26 with 18 knockouts. Perhaps we should leave the final words to the man himself who said on Twitter:
“Can I apologise to my family, friends and everyone. I got caught with a shot and I know millions of you are upset but that’s boxing for you.”
Tonight, in the world of Boxing, David Haye, the man who is impossibly good looking for a boxer, put his reputation (and perhaps his life) on the line to fight Dereck Chisora, the man who threatened to shoot him in February! At stake were the WBO and WBA international heavyweight titles.
In a very wet Upton Park Chisora was first in the ring to the sound of extremely loud boos from the crowd. Then came Haye, bounding in to his signature theme “Ain’t no stopping us now” while the crowd chanted at Chisora “Who are you? Who are you?”, leaving us all in no doubt as to who the crowd wanted to win!
Chisora had predicted that he would win this fight in the 7th round. In the end though it was Haye who was the victor in the 5th – it was an incredible finish with classic stuff from Haye, a left and right combination straight from the textbook. Chisora’s legs went and Haye finished him off within 10 seconds. Haye was ecstatic, Del Boy looked a broken man.
Congratulations David – looking forward to the next one – but will it be against Klitschko?