Celebrating a Decade Plus: The Night Danny Garcia TKO’d Amir Khan

Published 07/16/2023, 10:39 AM EDT

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Boxing is a sport filled with surprises, where heroes falter and underdogs seize the day in just a flash. Rewind to July 14, 2012, a day etched in boxing history, which serves as a brilliant example of how unpredictable boxing can be. Picture the scenario: the reputed Amir Khan, possessing the advantage, wielding an air of invincibility, with an aura that demanded nothing but victory meets Danny Garcia, the perceived underdog.

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This was more than a fight; it was a clash of destinies, playing out under the searing Las Vegas lights. Little did anyone anticipate a narrative flip so radical that it left the audience in utter disbelief. Welcome to a revisit of that stunning night, a tale of unforeseen triumph.

When time halted: An unforgettable fight night

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Sky Sports Boxing recently posted a throwback video with the caption: “It’s 11 years since Danny Garcia stopped Amir Khan within four rounds ⚡ 😳.” This reminder promptly takes us back to the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, where an intense boxing showdown played out on July 14, 2012.

The fight commenced with Amir Khan dominating the initial rounds, demonstrating his finesse and strong skill set. Khan seemed to be steadily steering the fight in his direction. But as they say in boxing, it only takes one punch to change the outcome.

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The third round witnessed a dramatic turn of events as Garcia unleashed a powerful counter left hook, knocking Khan down and leaving him staggered. The tides began to shift, and the unexpected seemed increasingly possible. In the fourth round, Garcia further cemented his claim to victory, sending Khan to the canvas twice. The referee deemed Khan unfit to continue, his unsteady legs raising flags.

As a result, Danny Garcia claimed the WBC Light Welterweight title and Amir Khan’s WBA Super World Light Welterweight title with a fifth-round TKO victory. Garcia’s prediction of a knockout had come to fruition, albeit in an unforeseen manner that left the audience and Khan’s camp stunned.

Beyond the fight: Tracing career arcs

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In the unforgiving world of boxing, a single bout can catapult a career skyward or cast it into doubt. That pivotal night, Garcia emerged victorious, his star rising as he claimed two significant titles. He continued to defend his title four more times before transitioning into the welterweight division.

On the other hand, Khan was left to contemplate his future in the 140lb division. The fight brought about uncertainty, but it also birthed opportunities. Despite the setback, Khan’s career was far from over. Instead, he sought redemption, pursuing a shot at another world title.

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As we close this retrospective, we leave you with a question: how do you think this fight shaped the careers of these two boxers? Engage with us and share your thoughts in the comments. Your perspective is crucial in remembering and interpreting this pivotal moment in boxing history.

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Mrinal Mishra

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Mrinal Mishra is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports, who is dedicated to covering live events with a special emphasis on influencer boxing events. With a focus on storytelling, Mishra strives to bring to light the stories of fighters that often go untold. As a big fan of Mike Tyson, Mishra believes that boxing will remain relevant for eternity, and he is committed to covering the sport with the respect and admiration it deserves.
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