“I will knock Danny Garcia out. I will take the world titles home. I know Danny didn’t train as hard as me. I promise I will knock him out. That is the only way.”
The result? A TKO victory for Danny Garcia in the fourth. A delusion in Amir Khan’s head that’s somehow kept his career alive. Three loses in the middleweight’s previous eight fights; a dying career, and one that should result in an early retirement; the lad from Bolton is finished.
It makes zero sense why Khan is therefore pushing for a world title fight:
“I’ve decided to take a big fight at the end of the year and for a title hopefully,”
“I was thinking of fighting at the end of this month but what I’ve thought of doing instead is fighting after Ramadan – I want to be back in the ring in November.”
The Englishman’s chances at a world title fight are about as slim as Tyson Fury fighting Anthony Joshua.
Khan is simply not a good enough boxer. Unable to knock his opponent out, unable to withstand the punches. The Englishman will always be brought into a slugging match; and his lack of clinical finish is what has cost him since his first loss in 2008 to Breidis Prescott.
Since the Prescott defeat, Khan has only knocked out – and they’ve been TKO at that – four of his opponents in 15 fights. Of course, boxing is not all about having KOs to experience success, look at the Moneymaker, but if your plan A, B and C does not involve defeating your opponent in this fashion, you have to have the chin to counter the lack of power; Amir does not have this.
“You cannot put muscles on his [Khan] chin.”
For all of Khan’s self-belief and warrior instincts, his own defence for his boxing career has cost him in his latter years. Still relatively young in boxing terms at 30, but a career that is over.
The 30-year-old won’t be able to win a title fight as his instincts of relying on fitness and speed can only get you so far at the top level; his most recent loss to Canelo Álvarez highlighting that more than any other fight.
Hang your gloves up now Amir, you’ve ultimately been a huge disappointment since that silver medal in 2004.