As I’m sure you’ve already read on the one million boxing websites floating around the interwebs, Danny Garcia stopped Amir Khan in the 4th round of a sensational bout. By doing so Garcia earned a plethora of trinkets which don’t deserve the recognition of mention on this site. Garcia’s performance and assured stardom that will come as a result of this victory are worth more than any belt from a crooked sanctioning body.
First, let me gloat a little bit. I was one of the few who picked Garcia to win the fight. Not because I noticed anything special about Garcia, more because I didn’t notice much special about Khan. The 6-1 odds in favor of Khan coming into the bout were preposterous considering Khan was coming off of a loss and still hasn’t proven that he has a chin to withstand flush power shots. Add into the mix that Garcia is very poised when fighting in the pocket and has underrated punching power, I figured why not pick Garcia given that 90% or more of the boxing public were jumping on the Khan bandwagon.
Khan won the first two rounds decisively, but what the HBO commentators and many watching the fight didn’t see is that Garcia was landing looping hooks on Khan at will as he jumped in aggressively. Garcia had a good enough chin to absorb Khan’s flurries but it was only a matter of time until Khan was evaporated by one of Garcia’s power shots.
Freddie Roach has become the Phil Jackson of boxing in that he seems to be above reproach from the boxing media and fans. However, he deserves some blame for the flawed game plan against Garcia. Khan was too aggressive early in the fight. Garcia stayed in his comfort zone and used Khan’s reckless aggression against him. The poise of Danny Garcia is what won him this fight.
It’s good to see new faces get some shine in the boxing world. Josesito Lopez and Danny Garcia were merely opponents coming into their fights with boxers who were set up to become big stars in the game. They took advantage of their opportunities and now find themselves in boxing’s spotlight. This fight did not go as HBO and Golden Boy scripted, and boxing is better off because of it. I look forward to seeing where Garcia’s career goes from here.