Once again, self-proclaimed "superstar" Amir Khan was exposed badly with a devastating defeat to the new WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine Light-Welterweight Champion of the World Danny Garcia on Saturday.
The chance of a lucrative fight with Floyd Mayweather is now looking very unlikely for Khan.
Before the fight, the signs were that Khan would be looking for a quick and eye-catching stoppage to finally conquer the light-welterweight division. Khan would then be in a position to compete in high-profile super-fight showdowns in the welterweight division.
But Khan seemed to forget he had to fight Danny Garcia first and made the mistake he has done countless times before: He forgot to look at defeating the boxer in front of him first.
Khan has done nothing but talk of Mayweather for weeks like he did before the Lamont Peterson fight—Mayweather this and Mayweather that.
This time it was Danny Garcia who was able to hand out a battering that put Khan back to square one.
Garcia was overwhelmed by the speed of Khan in the first two rounds but kept his composure and caught Khan flush in the third round with a terrific left hook. Khan survived to the bell but on unsteady legs, and the writing was on the wall going into the fourth. Garcia landed several heavy blows before putting Khan down for a second time with the referee stopping the fight soon after.
Referee Kenny Bayless gave Khan plenty of chances to recover, so there can be no complaints from Khan in that regard.
Garcia deserves huge credit, and this victory now propels him into the top tiers of boxing with the chance of making some big-payday fights.
Questions will once again be asked of Khan. Does his speed hide a suspect chin?
The main question is, will he ever get a chance to fight Floyd Mayweather? After that display, most likely not. The fight would make money but would not be the money spinner it could have been.The defensively masterful Mayweather would be clearly too much for Khan.
The disappointing thing for Khan will be that if Peterson had not been juiced up for their fight last December and Khan had won, it is likely we would have seen a Khan vs. Mayweather clash this fall or winter.
Instead, Khan appears to be headed for oblivion the same way Prince Naseem Hamed did.
Hamed built up a reasonable resume, but when it came to fighting the big guns, he was comprehensively exposed by a peak Marco Antonio Barrera. Hamed's problem, although entertaining, was that he believed in his own hype and was caught out. Likewise, Khan has declared himself a "superstar" without the fans giving him this tag.
Khan goes back to the start. Again. A place to start for him would be a great domestic fight against the up-and-coming British welterweight Kell Brook.
However, do not expect Khan to grace a boxing ring in Las Vegas again for some time.
As for Floyd Mayweather, no chance. At this moment Danny Garcia deserves it more than Amir Khan.
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