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Roach: Good Stoppage, Amir Khan Never Fully Recovered

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."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by GOD-FR33 on 07-16-2012

Good post. Noone seems to understand what actually happened to Khan. He got hit in the NECK where a main artery is. That punch disconnected his brain from his body and he never recovered. The 2nd knock down hit him…

Comment by josenoway on 07-15-2012

LOL after the first knockdown, when Kenny motions for Khan to raise his gloves, and Amir looks down at his gloves like 'ooooo what are these.' [QUOTE=waxfondler;12341179]bayless was PLENTY generous to khan.... khan definitely wasnt doing himself any favors by…

Comment by waxfondler on 07-15-2012

bayless was PLENTY generous to khan.... khan definitely wasnt doing himself any favors by galloping around like a newborn giraffe on shaky legs.... why he couldnt cover up and look for the clench boggles my mind.

Comment by DominiBox on 07-15-2012

[QUOTE=GRUSTLER;12339697]I agree because Bayless could have stopped it after the first KD when Khan got up. Khan never really was back in the game. [B]Bayless showed Khan respect by letting him fight on after the first KD[/B].[/QUOTE] Agree 100%

Comment by heihaci on 07-15-2012

Khan got hit by a punch to the neck so no surprise his legs were gone. Roach has done a fantastic job with Khan after the prescott fight but I think Khan needs a new trainer to take him to…

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