With one outstanding left hook back in July 2012, Danny Garcia made his career against Amir Khan. It was a unification bout. Garcia had the WBC super lightweight strap and Khan came in repping the WBA version. Khan was viewed as the favorite and won the first two rounds. Khan cut him above the eye in the second.
Then, in the third, Garcia found the space to land his dynamite left and Khan went down. The Brit made it back to his feet and survived the round, but in the fourth, Khan still hadn’t recovered and Garcia never let him back in the fight. He knocked Khan down twice more, before the referee waved off the action at 2:28.
Over four years later, it remains Garcia’s most impressive performance. He followed it with a solid win over a fading Zab Judah and then notched the second best win of his career, decisioning Lucas Matthysse.
Since the Matthysse fight, Garcia has remained unbeaten, but seen his stock tumble with the fans. He was damned lucky to escape with his title via majority decision against Mauricio Herrera in March 2014. He insulted every boxing fan who subscribed to Showtime by knocking out unranked Rod Salka in August of that year. In April 2015, he got another gift decision against Lamont Peterson.
Since the Peterson fight, Garcia has defeated a pair of very faded contenders in Pauli Malignaggi and Robert Guerrero. The win over Guerrero netted him the vacant WBC welterweight title.
In an August 30 story on Boxing Scene by Carlos Boog, Khan is quoted as saying he wants a rematch with Garcia next spring. It is a return bout that is frankly well overdue. Khan has lost just once since the last fight with Garcia, against a far larger opponent in Saul Alvarez. Khan was gutsy and skilled, but far overmatched against Canelo. He deserves to be able to go back down and face a belt holder at welterweight.
And Garcia needs to face a true top welterweight, to legitimize his belt.