Amir Khan suffers another shocking loss

By By Francis Walker BASN Boxing writer
Updated: July 20, 2012

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Khan suffers shock defeat

Khan suffers shock defeat

NEW YORK, NY (BASN) Amidst the shocking fourth round TKO defeat at the hands of Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia, former unified WBA/IBF junior welterweight champion Amir Khan is still a star in the sport of boxing. Perhaps he isn’t shining as brightly as he did in the past following his second consecutive defeat on record, but Amir Khan will be given an opportunity to recover, reestablish, and rebuild his career.

In my humble opinion, Khan should seriously consider a move up to welterweight. Don’t be surprised if Khan blames his loss to Garcia on the fact he had to cut weight to make 140 pounds. Shortly after Khan’s shocking 54-second KO loss to Breidis Prescott in September 2008, Khan abandoned the 135-pound lightweight division for an even more successful campaign at 140.

Khan’s biggest fights have occurred in the junior welterweight class. Winner of his next eight, Khan expanded his profile with signature wins against Paulie Malignaggi in New York, Marcos Rene Maidana in Las Vegas, and Zab Judah in Las Vegas as well. The ‘Khan Conquering America’ campaign worked until last December when Khan allowed Washington, D.C. native Lamont Peterson to literally ‘fight’ the WBA/IBF 140-pound titles away from him.

The loss to Peterson was a huge-enough blow because, Khan was on the verge of perhaps challenging Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquaio, or even Pacquaio-conqueror Timothy Bradley at 147 pounds.

Instead, Khan, along with the Golden Boy Promotions team were instrumental in convincing the boxing world that an unnecessary point deduction cost Khan a victory against Peterson. We believed Khan and Richard Shaefer, and Oscar De La Hoya’s story about a phantom scorecard and that someone tampered with the master score sheets. We felt the WBA was justified reinstating Khan has their world champion. However, Danny Garcia made us a believer out of him and forces us to reevaluate our opinion of Khan.

Remember. Khan was the technically-superior fighter. Khan was catching Garcia with right hands at will. Khan pressed the action and was ahead on the scorecards before Garcia was ‘Swift’ enough to land a wide left hook caught Khan on his chin, as well as behind the ear. Khan was hurt badly, as his legs were taken from underneath in the third round. It was a horrific scene. Khan was simply unable to recover between rounds. Garcia continued to pummel Khan forcing two additional knockdowns and a stoppage of the contest at 2:28 seconds of the fourth.

Khan maybe young at 25, but he has had some intense training camps and some hard fights. Credit to Garcia for unifying the WBC/WBA titles in such decisive fashion, but there was no way Khan should have lost the way he did against Garcia.

Khan needs to quickly reevaluate and assess his career. The fights are going to get tougher because, the opposition is hungrier.