Amir Khan: "On the turning away"Written by Marc Livitz
No harm in trying and no regret in failure if the utmost amount of effort puts its best glove forward.
The ultimate lie detector that is the world of boxing and fighting sports in general can oftentimes do more to expose ones' familiar and most surrendering faults to the point of exhaustion. No sooner than what was originally meant to be corrected and amended to a faded memory, that the ring ends up being the end all and more to the point, the tell all orb of truth.
Sometimes this is the case to a very painful conclusion. For some it can be the endgame. Last Saturday's shocking turn of events in Las Vegas could quite possibly have led boxing's legions of knowledgeable fans to an either A or B type of scenario:
A.) Amir Khan hasn't changed. He can still succumb to the same style pressure and eventually crumble. His TKO loss to Danny Garcia was a shock, but not an all out subpoena to go numb with disbelief.
B.) As long as not too much money was lost on my behalf, this is why we love this sport so much. The unpredictability of boxing can make up for the predictable side of it. There's still far too many needless bodies in the ring before and after fights, however.
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Nothing can be taken away from Danny "Swift" Garcia. His performance in the ring inside Mandalay Bay was nothing short of heroic.
Even though the pre-fight ranting of his father, Angel Garcia, bordered on pinheaded and moronic, Danny was able to shake it off and just get down to business once the bell rang.
Khan took the fight to Garcia in the first two rounds and part of the third. Danny sustained a cut above his right eye, and soon thereafter, Amir took a few lumps of his own.
Hopefully, Angel Garcia was able to see that the color of blood was the same from both combatants.
Newly crowned lineal Jr Welterweight Champion Danny Garcia, left, and his father/trainer, Angel, at the post-fight presser.
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The "us against them approach" which sadly resonated throughout fight week was not in any way necessary.
Each boxer was holding his own...and then came the end of the third round.
Don't try this with your thumb because it has a pulse point of its own which can throw you off. Take your index and middle fingers and check your pulse. Press on it for a moment. Now, imagine taking a severe shot to this area of the body.
Fighters are often heralded for possessing a granite chin. This is not usually a learned skill. For certain, an iron neck is not normally listed on the acceptable list of ring accolades. Khan did his absolute best to fight through this.
It's not likely that Danny Garcia was aiming for the carotid artery of his opponent, but nevertheless the proximity of that particular punch may as well have been the shot heard round the world. The damage was done and the ball was rolling to keep Garcia undefeated.
The knockdown punches which came in the following round were not necessarily the type to drop a champion caliber fighter. Just don't forget the shot to the blood basket.
Had Khan somehow found the way to survive and push forward into the latter rounds of the contest, then a totally different story may have made its way into the sporting headlines.
Of course, this was not the case. Unfortunately, the reminiscence that is his September 2008 thrashing at the hands of Breidis Prescott will surface once again.
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But on any given night and in any given ring, the unexpected can happen. This should still be why we watch.
Khan wasn't necessarily just another victim of the British hype engine. His wins were greatly magnified and his defeat to Lamont Peterson was dismally overstated. His loss to Danny Garcia should be left alone, but it is fairly certain that the calls to retirement or to go home and think it all over will without a doubt rain down on Amir.
He should be safe. He doesn't possess the same sort of following that Ricky Hatton did. To be certain, Hatton's two losses were to the two greatest boxers on the planet.
Khan has now lost two straight and more importantly under the instruction of Freddie Roach. Maybe this proves that the trainer doesn't always make the fighter, but that argument is for another day.
That's a topic better reserved for Phil Jackson.
Pictured: Legendary former NBA Head Coach Phil Jackson.
Would the Bulls and Lakers won as many championships under the leadership of another coach? How significant is Freddie Roach's tutelage to Amir Khan?
Hopefully, Amir Khan will be back. No one is perfect. The road back may be a long one, so he should remember to have patience.
With the loss, "King" Khan gave up his recently returned WBA light welterweight championship. Garcia made the city of Joe Frazier, Joey Giardello, Bernard Hopkins, Meldrick Taylor and other pugilists very proud.
Danny heads back with the WBC belt that he won from Erik Morales earlier this year and the just mentioned WBA strap.
Most importantly perhaps is the pretty red, white and blue one which tags him as the outright best in the division.
But is Danny Garcia the best Junior Welterweight in the world?