05:00- And there we will leave it. We’ve had two fantastic fights tonight. Nice not to be talking about overriding controversies and just have two great fights to dissect. On the night that David Haye reignited his career, Amir Khan sees his reputation somewhere dangerously near the gutter. He can come back but will he want to? For Garcia, big money match ups are surely on the horizon- perhaps a rematch with Khan at some stage? I would pay good money to see that. Thank you for your participation tonight, couldn’t have done it without you. Goodnight!
o4:55- Amir Khan has some serious pull with the big names in boxing so do not write off his chances of continuing at the top level, however, the way his chin collapsed will leave few shaking in their boots.
ESPN’s Dan Rafael on Twitter: “ Two exciting fights today with Garcia-Khan and Haye-Chisora. Well done, #boxing!”
04:50- What do you even say about that? Oscar De La Hoya has got his mug into that crowd of hangers on behind Garcia- his world is about to change forever. Khan looks shattered and can you blame him? he cruised for two and a half rounds but his focus went and pride took over and after that it was like stepping back in time to September 2008 and the loss to Bredis Precott. Stunning.
Scott Christ on Twitter: ”Danny Garcia couldn’t be a lot different from his dad. Odd couple, but clearly they work together.”
Paul B on Twitter: “For goodness sake! When will Amir Khan learn? He his is own worst enemy. Mayweather Jr at Wembley Stadium? OK then.”
Round 4- Garcia senses blood- Khan just hasn’t been able to recover here. Bayless administers a count when he rules the ropes as having kept him up. Harsh but Khan is running on fumes here. He lands a big shot to set Garcia back but what is Khan doing? The Brit goes in far too aggressively and Garcia picks him off again to send the former king to the canvas again. Khan just about gets up but looks scrambled. It’s over!! Bayless has waved it off! Is that Amir Khan’s career over?!
Round 3- That blood is not at all good news for Garcia- he’s struggling to see Khan’s work as it is. Garcia is trying to throw punches but it is too easy for the the Olympic silver medalist to avoid. Garcia warned for a low blow but Khan barely registers any discomfort. A little better from the American but Khan is cruising here…. OH MY GOD! Garcia lands a left and Khan is floored. He’s gone, he’s gone surely? No! Kenny Bayless just about allows him to recover after a shaky count. Trouble. Boxing Fancast scorecard: 28-28 (Two point Garcia round)
Roger Mayweather on Twitter: “2nd Round- Khan, landing a big percentage of his punches. Hand speed too much for Garcia as of now.”
Round 2: Garcia conceded before the fight started that he would struggle to match Khan’s speed but he claims his power and timing will be a defining factor. The American lands a couple of decent rights on the counter but Khan is dancing circles. “Keep it clean fellas” screams Kenny Bayless as Khan pulls Garcia down when up close. The Briton is jabbing well but no landing as many eye-catching shots as in the first round. Khan lands two separate combinations and looks to have opened up a cut or two on the right eye of the American. Another warning for Khan for pushing but he’s two up here. Boxing Fancast scorecard: 20-18 Khan
Round 1: Khan looks like he has a real point to prove tonight and he is ready to roll- watch for a fast start. First meaningful punches are a pair of rights from Khan before the pair settle into their jabs. Khan lands thrice more but is forced to feel a left hook from the American underdog. Two more decent left hands from Khan, delivered with fast footwork, is giving Garcia all sorts of problems. A low blow, from the American gives Khan a break but that first session is already in bag on its way back to Bolton. Boxing Fancast scorecard: 10-9 Khan
04:20- I thought for a horrible moment that Joe ‘Firm but Fair’ Cortez was going to be the man in the middle for this one but, thankfully, Kenny Bayless has been given the refereeing gig tonight. Introductions nearly out of the way….
Nick on Twitter: “#KhanGarcia don’t underestimate Garcia!!!”
04:18- Ring walks are underway- Garcia (and dad) are up first. Remember, no Michael Buffer announcing tonight- he took the option of introducing the Haye-Chisora fight over a massive night in Vegas. I know which one I would have chosen…
Bad Left Hook’s Scott Christ on Twitter: “Angel Garcia comes off like an idiot. But what are you gonna do?”
04:13- There is a little lull in Vegas as we wait for the two fighters. Khan has kicked the TV cameras out of his dressing room. Obviously the Briton believes it is time to focus- this is a massive fight for Khan.
Golden Boy Promotions’ Oscar De La Hoya on Twitter: “Fight night!!!! HBO live in 5″
03:55- Turning our thoughts to Khan- Garcia, it is fair to say the bookies are not giving the undefeated Garcia much of a sniff tonight but you have to be careful with judging fighters who have yet to experience a loss- maybe another Lamont Peterson style shock could be on the cards here? Win or lose, there will be a LOT of fight fans wanting see Garcia’s father, Angel, put on mute- Garcia Snr has had a lot to say for himself over the last few weeks…
03:50- Guerrero has cruised down the stretch and should be rewarded with a comprehensive points win. And he is; 100-89 twice and 99-90 all in favour of the 25-year-old American. Khan should be on his way soon.
03:45- We are probably 25 minutes from the off here at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fernando Guerrero and Jose Medina are in the final round of their middleweight tussle- Guerrero is comfortably ahead in this one.
While we wait, why not check out Khan’s ‘Behind the Ropes’ documentary made for Sky television? An interesting insight into a camp which has seen trainer Freddie Roach spend a fair chunk of time away from his charge:
03:40- Seven months ago Amir Khan flew to Washington to face Lamont Peterson in what was supposed to be a routine, publicity generating defence of his light-welterweight world titles. And then disaster struck. Khan was punished twice for pushing his opponent and a split decision victory was Peterson’s.
Since then we’ve had scoring, refereeing and drug taking controversies but the end result of it all, as Khan steps into another championship ring, is that the Briton has the chance to regain (almost) all that he lost in Washington last December. Standing in his way, however, is a 24-year-old undefeated world champion who is coming off the best win of his career. Well, no one said it would be easy…
My name is Cameron Sharpe and I will be guiding you through events from Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas as Khan’s attempt to put a bad six months behind him as he challenges Danny Garcia for the WBA and WBC light-welterweight titles.
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