Danny “Swift” Garcia Silences Critics and Amir “King” Khan in 4”
Danny “Swift” Garcia Silences Critics and Amir “King” Khan in 4”
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (July 16, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
Danny Garcia
Philadlephia’s Danny “Swift” Garcia, 24-0 (15) silenced his critics Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay & Resort Casino in Las Vegas stopping the former IBF and Super WBA champion Amir “King” Khan, 26-3 (18), of the UK at 2:28 of the 4th round to retain his WBC and win the WBA Super World light welterweight title. Referee Kenny Bayless rescued Khan who was down in the 3rd and twice in the 4th.

To the amazement of this writer Garcia who is a very well known and popular amateur and professional out of Philadelphia was a 6-1 underdog. Since Khan was not in the WBC’s top 40 and got the shot how do you figure? A fellow writer next to me said because Khan was better and still is. Garcia got in a lucky punch? This is a fellow Philly area writer mind you whose name and website will go nameless for his own protection. Ringside crew for HBO Jim Lampley, Max “Deer in the Headlights” Kellerman and Manny Steward all sided with Khan until he was put to the canvas.

I’ve followed Garcia for years and he had champion written all over him when his name came up in every gym the Philly had. His father/trainer Angel Garcia was his biggest supporter and got under trainer Freddie Roach and Khan’s nerves bad enough to have Khan playing right into their hands coming out slugging instead of his usual boxing. They said Garcia was a slow starter and Khan was firing bombs for 2 rounds with one right rocking Garcia in the 1st and administering a cut over Garcia’s eye in the 2nd while taking both rounds.

Something happened in the 3rd when Khan missed with a right hand and Garcia countered with a left hook hitting the neck and ear of Khan dropping him to the canvas. Maybe it was his equilibrium that had him on wobbly legs when he got to his feet but he barely got through the round. He also absorbed a cut inside his right eye brow.

In the 4th Garcia came out for the kill taking it to Khan dropping him a second time with a right hand. Upon rising Garcia was right on him with a left hook to the side of the head (ear) and a right hand on the way down. Barely beating the count Khan was asked by referee Bayless if he was all right and he said “yes” but his hands were to his side so Bayless waved it off. Having a fighter’s heart Khan wanted to continue but was in no shape after the third knockdown. “It wasn’t my night. I made too many mistakes,” said Khan.

A jubilant Garcia said “I want to thank God, my manager Al Hayman, my father Angel, my brother, mother and two sisters”. He added “and all my fans back in Philadelphia”. He continued to say his father (Angel) has talked shit for 23 fights and now 24 and I have backed him up. Lampley made a crack prior to the fight about the elder Garcia talking smack. Did you ever hear him knock the Mayweather’s?

The win was so impressive that Garcia’s promoter Oscar DeLaHoya was even smiling. After all Khan was not one of his Mexican boxers under contract with Golden Boy this time. DeLaHoya was very upset when his golden goose Erik Morales lost to Garcia losing his title to the Puerto Rican from Philly. Philly’s first Latino world champion has a bright future and has his eye on the vacant WBO and IBF held by Lamont Peterson for now.

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