By Osman Rodriguez
WBA/WBC junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia stopped heavy favorite Amir Khan in the fourth round to stay undefeated and unified their respective titles at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Khan started fast and hard, pounding Garcia for six minutes. The fight changed in the third round, when Garcia's left hook nearly took Khan out. He hit the mat hard and barely survived the round. He was dropped twice more in the fourth before the fight was stopped.
Khan was not happy with the stoppage.
"I was a little surprised the referee stopped it. I thought he was going to let us continue. My mind was clear and I thought my legs were okay but I respect the referee, the judges and the commission, maybe they made the right call."
But the fighter's trainer, Freddie Roach, does not disagree with the stoppage. He felt the referee, Kenny Bayless, made the right decision.
"I think it was a good stoppage. He never really recovered from the first knockdown. The referee did the right thing," Roach said.
"Amir never got his legs back after the first knockdown. I almost didn't let him go out for the next round."