|Danny “Swift” Garcia Silences Critics and Amir “King” Khan in 4”
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (July 16, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
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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