Garcia backs up trash talk, flattens Khan in four
Ringside byAnthony Springer Jr. and Miguel Maravilla
Photos by Chris Cozzone
In the run up to the unification bout between Amir Khan and Danny Garcia, the undefeated Latino vowed that he would back up his father's sh*t talking for a 24th time by defeating Khan's rising star.
"King" Khan retaliated by promising that not only would Garcia finally meet a Pakistani that could fight, but that he would knock out the Philadelphia fighter.
At the end of the day, it was the slick talking Garcia camp that had the last laugh and the final word as Garcia stopped Khan in an exciting fourth round finish.
Khan came out aggressive in the opener, catching Garcia with a stinging right in the opening moments. The Philly fighter looked timid in the opening rounds and it looked for a moment that the Pakistani fighter would hand him his first professional defeat.
The assault continued in the second stanza Khan's onslaught drew a cut over the right eye of Garcia. A big left by Khan sealed a two round lead for the man looking to add another title to his collection.
"We knew Khan was going to come out fast because he thought I had no power," said Garcia. "I waited to use the power and speed I have."
Garcia gathered his wits and started throwing heavy leather in the third. A right hand at the beginning of the round set the tone, though Khan retaliated with a left hook of his own. Another big left hand wobbled and eventually toppled Khan. Wiath more than 30 seconds in the round, Khan managed to, miraculously hold on after being badly hurt. The London fighter stumbled back to his corner for a much needed sixty second time out.
When action resumed in the fourth, it appeared that Khan had weathered the storm, Garcia began throwing wildly and missing. The reckless punches allowed Khan to retaliate with a left hand that brought cheers from the pro-Khan Mandalay Bay Events Center crowd. Oddly, Khan chose to stand in the pocket and absorbed a tremendous amount of punishment to the face and body. Two straight rights from Garcia sent Khan to a knee. As Khan attempted to shake off the cobwebs, Garcia landed another big left hook to end the fight at the 2:28 mark.
"I got a little complacent and he caught me," a disappointed Khan said after the bout. "I was a little surprised the ref stopped it. I thought he was going to let it continue. My mind was clear and I thought my legs were okay, but I respect the judges, the refs and the commission for their decision. Who knows? Maybe they made the right call."
Garcia's trainer and father, Angel had a few, powerful words to say after the knockout. .
"I told you Danny was underrated," the proud father stated. "I knew he was going to knock him out."
As Garcia awaits his next challenger, he'll roll into the bout with an as yet unnamed opponent with more confidence than ever.
"I'm the unified pound for pound champ at 140. I needed a great fighter in front of me to show how good of a fighter I am. Now everyone knows." – AS
Guerrero dominates Medina in co-main
Southpaw Fernando Guerrero (24-1, 18 KOs) dominated Jose Medina (17-11-1, 7 KOs) in a ten-round super featherweight bout.
In the opening round, Guerrero came out testing Medina with the jab. Continuing to work off the jab in round two, Guerrero landed a solid left while backing Medina to the ropes. Moments later, Guerrero connected with another left that sent Medina to the canvas. Medina got up as referee Joe Cortez counted, managing to survive the attack.
Boxing well behind the jab, Guerrero neutralized the Mexican fighter throughout the fight, mainly with straight lefts. In round nine, Guerrero excited the crowd as he encouraged Medina to exchange but referee Cortez momentarily stopped the action when Guerrero's lost his mouthpiece. In the end, Medina, outskilled, proved to be tough enough to go the distance. After ten, judges Erick Cheek and Dick Houck had it 100-89 while Jerry Roth scored it 99-90, all three in favor of Guerrero.
Guerrero outlanded Medina by 119 punches, clearly dominating, while connecting 220 out of 572. Medina landed just 101 out of 606 punches. – M.M.
Lo Greco throttles Hoskins, makes it an early night
There are often undercard mismatches that are apparent on paper. Posting a 16-1 professional record, Brandon Hoskins should've put up some sort of opposition against the undefeated Phil Lo Greco. Lo Greco made Hoskins look like an amateur, stopping the Missouri pugilist at just 1:26 in the opener. Hoskins found himself on his butt in the opening moments, courtesy of a left hook. Another identical shot sent him to the mat a second time. With no bell to help him get to the second, Lo Greco unleashed a pair of right hooks that found a home on the left side of Hoskins' face. The referee, thankfully, had seen enough and rushed in to halt the bout. Lo Greco remains undefeated at 24-0. Hoskins maintains a respectable 16-2-1 record. – AS
Kavanagh remains undefeated
In a southern California lightweight bout, Jamie "The Nuisance" Kavanagh (11-0-1, 5 KOs), who trains out of the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, took on Orange's Paul Velarde (3-2-3) in a scheduled eight-rounder.
Kavanagh boxed well, using the jab and countering in the early rounds. He connected to the body with left hooks while working the inside, but got caught as Velarde landed a right hand at the end of round four. Velarde was solid through most of the fight, but Kavanagh boxed effectively, using the jab and picking his spots. All three judges scored it a shutout, 80-72 x 3. – M.M.
Arnett tops Cordova
In junior middleweight action, Orlando fighter Daquan Arnett stopped Eddie Cordova via TKO in the second frame. Arnett dominated the Clearfield, Utah fighter from the outset, earning a 10-8 opening round. The fight stopping flurry came at 1:39 in the second. –AS
Love bullies, outclasses De Los Santos
In a bout that looked more like a sparring session than an actual match, J Leon Love was in a league of his own, earning a unanimous decision victory Joseph De Los Santos. The much larger Love set the tone from the opening frame, sending the Puerto Rican fighter to his knees twice. The second knockdown came late in the second and De Los Santos was most certainly saved by the bell. Love picked his shots in the second and third as though it were target practice, tagging De Los Santos at will with big jabs and right hooks. And when it seemed that it couldn't get any worse, De Los Santos—who was still struggling to stop the right hand as the fight wore on—started eating a series of lefts. Despite a big left hand to open the eighth and final round, Love continued to have his way, bullying De Los Santos around the ring. By the close of the bout, De Los Santos' right eye was nearly closed. All three judges awarded the bout to Love via scores of 80-70.
Love remains undefeated, posting a 12-0 record while De Los Santos falls to a .500 mark at 10-10-3. –AS
Cotto opens show
Opening the action from the Mandalay Bay, in the lightweight division, undefeated Puerto Rican prospect Abner Cotto (14-0, 5 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico, dominated Mexican Juan Manuel Montiel (7-6-3, 2 KOs).
Cotto was the superior fighter, using the jab effectively and displaying brilliant hand speed en route to an eighth round TKO. Bleeding from a cut above his left eye, Montiel was stunned with a right hand in the closing seconds of round seven. In the final round, Cotto continued with his attack, landing a right that knocked down Montiel. Referee Jay Nady counted as Montiel quickly got up, but another right sent him back to the canvas. This time, ref Nady called it quits at 1:03. – M.M.