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On This Day: Amir Khan is hammered by Danny Garcia

Old issues resurfaced for Amir Khan when he met Danny Garcia in a unification fight on July 14, 2012
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THE fragility that haunted the early part of Amir Khan’s career resurfaced with shuddering, dramatic consequences as underrated WBC super-lightweight champion Danny Garcia destroyed him in four rounds before a shocked crowd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

After he had absorbed Marcos Maidana’s best shots and gone on to win in their 2010 classic, the theory that Khan had become stronger with maturity and the move up to 140lbs had gained credibility.

That idea was left in ruins, along with, for the time being, Khan’s career, by the nature of this three-knockdown defeat. Khan was sent crashing to the canvas in the third round by a big left hook and in spite of the conditioning provided by a long training camp, and all those before it, never recovered.