The fight took a dramatic turn late in the 3rd round as both were wailing away in what was a more even round before Garcia, head down, landed a left hook that landed behind Amir’s jaw, partly on his neck. DOWN Khan went hard. It was Breidis Prescott all over again as Khan’s legs betrayed him. Referee Kenny Bayless gave a more than generous count to Khan before Garcia went crazy for the KO, but time was against the underdog as there were only 12 seconds remaining in the round. Khan had survived another crisis, OR so he thought.
The minute break between rounds 3 and 4 was not enough time for Khan to shake those cobwebs, as he was instantly under more attacks from Garcia, who was desperately trying to end the fight. Khan went down again from another barrage; this time though, he was able to get up and fight back. Khan is a warrior, there is no doubt, but there comes a time when you need to hold and survive. This is something Khan should have enough experience to do because this was not the first time in his career that his legs were not obeying the mind. The end came at 2:28 into the 4th when another big left hook caught Khan high on the head. As his legs betrayed him, he stumbled back to the ropes where Ref Bayless stopped the fight after getting an unsatisfactory response from the now 3-time beaten former champion.
Garcia will now move on to much bigger things with numerous options available to him at 140 and 147lbs. Khan, on the other hand, has a lot of thinking to do because this was his 2nd defeat in a row again a fighter who he was heavily favoured to beat.
Official purses for this fight were Khan $950,000 and Garcia $520,000.
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