Garcia stops favored Khan in 4th round


LAS VEGAS (AP) -Danny Garcia stopped WBA titleholder and heavy favorite Amir Khan in the fourth round on Saturday to stay undefeated and add another super lightweight belt to his collection.

Khan bruised Garcia early in the bout, opening a small cut above his eye. But Garcia turned the fight around in the third round, sending the 2004 Olympic silver medalist from Britain to the canvas with a left hook.

At the start of the fourth, Garcia swarmed Khan with power punches, knocking him down twice quickly. Khan got back to his feet each time, but the referee ended the bout at 2:28 of the round.

"I always knew I would win this fight," Garcia said. "I needed a great fighter in front of me to show how great a fighter I am. Now everyone knows."

The American now has the WBA title to go along with his WBC one. He improved his record to 24-0 with 15 knockouts while Khan fell to 26-3 with 18 KO's.

"It wasn't my night," Khan said. "I was coming in with my hands down and Danny took advantage of that. He countered very well against me."

Khan was originally scheduled to face Lamont Peterson on May 19 in a rematch of their Dec. 10 bout in which Peterson took Khan's WBA and IBF titles in a 12-round split decision. Just days before the bout, however, Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone.

The fight was canceled and Peterson was stripped of his WBA title, which was later restored to Khan.

Garcia beat Erik Morales for the WBC title on March 24.

On the undercard, Fernando Guerrero beat Jose Medina by unanimous decision and Phil Lo Greco, J Leon Love, Daquan Arnett, Jamie Kavanagh and Abner Cotto also won their bouts.

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